Formative Assessment in Speaking

Jon Hird

In this practical and interactive session, which draws in part on systems used at the University of Oxford, we will consider reasons for and approaches to the formative assessment of speaking in non-native learners of English and will compare and contrast these ideas with any similar systems the participants may already use. As prerequisite to assessing speaking, we will briefly compare the spoken language with the written and look at some key features of spoken English and how this can vary depending on the speaking task undertaken. This will include a look at micro- and macro-skills and there will be a particular focus on accuracy and grammar. Along the way, we will analyse a Polish student’s speaking, make a formative assessment and compare and contrast our ideas.