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Rating on scale for speaking assessment

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SPEAKING assessment – Last week, on February 8th, I posted the speaking proficiency scales by Oller focusing on the indications that students are mastering the speaking skills. Do you still remember that? If you don’t, then please review first just by clicking the link. This second post will give you each indicator for speaking skill. There are five things need to be considered when you are assessing speaking, i.e. accent, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and finally comprehension.

Rating on scale for speaking assessment

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For the complete scale rating, you can just read this entire posting, and for the implementation, you may adjust to your own needs and situation.

a. Accent

  1. Pronunciation frequently unintelligible.
  2. Frequent gross errors and a very heavy accent make understanding difficult, require frequent repetition.
  3. “Foreign accent” requires concentrated listening and mispronunciation lead to occasional misunderstanding and apparent errors in grammar or vocabulary.
  4. Marked “foreign accent” and occasional mispronunciations which do not interfere with understanding
  5. No conspicuous mispronunciations, but would not be taken for a native speaker.
  6. Native pronunciation, which no trace of “foreign accent”.

b. Grammar

  1. Grammar almost entirely inaccurate except in stock phrases.
  2. Constant errors showing control of very few major patterns and frequently preventing communication.
  3. Frequent errors showing some major patterns uncontrolled and causing occasional irritation and misunderstanding.
  4. Occasional errors showing imperfect control of some patterns but no weakness that causing misunderstanding.
  5. Few errors, with no patterns of failure.
  6. No more than two errors during the interview.

c. Vocabulary

  1. Vocabulary inadequate for even the simplest conversation.
  2. Vocabulary limited to basic personal and survival areas (time, food, transportation, family, etc.)
  3. Choice of words sometimes inaccurate, limitation of vocabulary prevent discussion of some common professional and social topics
  4. Professional vocabulary adequate to discuss special interest; general vocabulary permits discussion of any non-technical subject with some circumlocutions.
  5. Professional vocabulary broad and precise; general vocabulary adequate to cope with complex practical problems and varied social situation.
  6. Vocabulary apparently as accurate and extensive as that of an educated native speaker

d. Fluency

  1. Speech is so halting and fragmentary that conversation is virtually impossible.
  2. Speech is very slowly and uneven except for short or routine sentences.
  3. Speech is frequently hesitant and jerky; sentences may be left uncompleted.
  4. Speech is occasionally hesitant, with some unevenness caused by rephrasing and grouping for words.
  5. Speech is effortless and smooth, but perceptibly non-native in speed and evenness.
  6. Speech is on all professional and general topics as effortless and smooth as a native speaker’s.

e. Comprehension

  1. Understand too little for the simplest type of conversation.
  2. Understands only slow, very simple speech on common social and touristic topic; requires constant repetition and rephrasing.
  3. Understand careful, somewhat simplified speech directed to him, with considerable repetition and rephrasing.
  4. Understands quite well normal educated speech directed to him, but requires occasional repetition and rephrasing.
  5. Understands everything in normal educated conversation except for every colloquial or low frequency items, or exceptionally rapid or slurred speech.
  6. Understands everything in both formal and colloquial speech to be expected of an educated native speaker.

Those all the rating scale for Speaking Assessment. Any kind of comments is really appreciated.

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