How you would prefer to be assess as a student?
In my case I hate to be tested with a formal assessment because it is too objective, unfortunately most of the schools test in this way. By the way, teachers have to assess students in a formal or informal assessment.
- Formal assessment: through test and examinations
- Informal assessment: During a lesson by monitoring and observing learners while they are doing ordinary classroom activities.
There is a huge list of different kind of assessment activities, let’s list some of them:
- Cloze test
- Jumbled sentences
- Sentence transformation
- Multiple-choice questions
- True/False/Don’t know (T/F/DK) questions
- Information transfer
- Summary writing
- Guided discovery
Some of these are on the next Hot Potatoes exercise; find out their meaning by practicing them.
Choosing assessment activities
Even though some of these are easy to mark (e.g. numbers: 6, 7; those which test single items), these ones just can provide us information about some specific areas of the learners’ language knowledge. Some advantages are that these are very practical to design and can give us reliable results, and these are useful for assessing receptive skills, where we want to check that learners have understood a text.
On the other hand, those that are difficult to mark (e.g. 14, 12) focus on particular areas or learners’ performance. Activities that require learners to produce whole text, are far less practical to mark and the results may not be very reliable. But these activities help learners to produce language which is very similar to the language they need in the real life.