1.1. Task types:

All of them very contextualised and with lots of visual aids.

1. Monologues:

  • rhymes and songs,
  • small presentations
    • what about: class topics (food, animals, sports...)
    • by means of: booklets, posters, lapbooks...
  • personal descriptions

2. Interaction:
  • greetings
  • classroom language & routines: giving (helper) & following instructions
  • dialogues
  • role-plays


1.2. Tools:
  • Recordings: for peer-assessment (class), as part of the student's portfolio**
    • audio (Smart phones, Audacity, Notebook...): stories, songs, rhymes, avatars,
    • video: plays, presentations, group work, role-plays
  • Observation charts : classroom language-routines, whether they are able to follow instructions,
  • Checklists (see below -reference materials- for checklist examples).
  • Rubrics

What is a portfolio? What kind of materials can we include into the portfolio?
An interesting issue is the use of the PORTFOLIO as a tool to keep not all the child’s productions, but the ones the child liked the most and key productions from different moments along the school year, together with their first draft . By doing so, the child (and the teacher) can reflect on the pupil’s progress. Moreover, in the portfolio, and with the same aim, they can keep checklists they used for peer and self-assessment and their proposals for improvement, contracts with the teacher, teacher’s feedback…. Recordings of oral performance could be kept in the computer and in the portfolio they would add a register of those recordings (date, kind of task….).

1.3. Diagnostic Assessment: materials for Primary 4

1.4. Reference materials:
  • Articles:
  • Books:

    • Assessing Young Language Learners, by Penny McKay. Cambridge Language Assessment Series.
    • Assessing Young learners, by Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou & Pavlos Pavlou. Oxford Resource Books for Teachers.
    • Checklists for Everything, by Linda karges-Bone. Teaching & Learning Company.

  • Websites:
    • Assessing young learners: Cambridge (Starters, Movers, Flyers)external image promobox_SampleTest.gif
    • Assessment Tools: State Government Victoria. Department of Education and Training.
      • "These tools are for immediate use with students in the classroom. They are suitable for use in many different contexts and are aimed at improving assessment practices. A range of schools across Victoria have used some of these tools and their feedback and suggestions for use are included."
    • Rubrics generator: Rubistar
    • Project based learning: Checklists.