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Speaking Test ideas
« on: March 02, 2022, 09:14:25 am »
Hey y'all,

So, I've been at my school for 5 years now and every semester we do a big speaking test. For the last year, I've honestly run out of ideas that aren't recycling old activities. So, I'm reaching out here for ideas. For reference, these are the speaking test activities we've done so far:

- Show and Tell
- Making a movie
- Music contest (karaoke style) / Singing test (the whole class had to perform the same song in groups, also, Karaoke style)
- Presenting Vision Boards
- Upcycling Project
- Interview (I'd wanted it to be podcast style, but my co-t told me podcasts aren't popular in Korea and dead that idea)
- News report on a fake news story
- History report
- Cooking show
- Movie Dubbing (this wasn't really a test, just a fun end of year activity)
- Travel reports and
- Recommendations (we've been recycling this for 3 straight semesters now with different topics).
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  • ANIway
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    • April 07, 2022, 09:16:16 am
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Re: Speaking Test ideas
« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2022, 03:20:52 pm »
Thank you for all the ideas!


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    • March 03, 2011, 09:45:24 am
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Re: Speaking Test ideas
« Reply #2 on: April 26, 2022, 08:17:26 am »
First off, I want to point out that I disagree with the whole idea of the middle school speaking tests. Basing 10% of a student's final grade based on 2 or 3 minutes of talking while a harried teacher scribbles notes seems kinda dumb. I would much rather see that 10% replaced by a classroom participation score, or be broken up into several smaller speaking quizzes etc.

Secondly, the way a lot of schools do their speaking tests make them more a memorization test rather than a realistic gauge of a student's ability to produce authentic English. And exam where students can prepare by memorizing an answer completely defeats the purpose of the test. I had dozens of students complain to their teachers because some of the questions I asked were not included verbatim in the study sheet given out the previous week.  :rolleyes:

In any case, while singing contests, news reports etc are all really cool ideas, the fact that I have hundreds of kids to grade and some serious time constraints means that I prefer a low prep question and answer conversation format. The students know exactly what grammar they'll need to know, and will have a question sheet and book page references to study from. They also receive a copy of the grading rubric I'll be using so they know exactly what they'll be scored on.
During the test, the interview style questions themselves will be different from the examples they've memorized, hopefully resulting in answers that show their understanding of the book grammar they've learned.  It's not super interesting or fun, but I feel it's the best method given the constraints I'm under.  :sad:

Here's the study sheet I made for this year's upcoming speaking test, which they'll be doing in pairs:
(This is using the Dong-a-chul-pan "Middle School English 2" text book)
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Re: Speaking Test ideas
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2022, 09:57:14 am »
I would much rather see that 10% replaced by a classroom participation score, or be broken up into several smaller speaking quizzes etc.

Yea I also hate the test system. But, alas, we're stuck with it sooooooo... Obviously, I can't speak for other places but we actually do have the students take smaller speaking tests every few weeks just so they get used to presenting to the class and work on whatever "notes" we give them.  Personally, I don't think giving a participation score would be fair to lower level students and those who tend to do better with prepared work. We also grade them on creativity

I have hundreds of kids to grade and some serious time constraints means that I prefer a low prep question and answer conversation format.

Yea, I teach at a small school (+/- 150 kids) so we have the leisure of spending a bit of time working on their presentations. Having them do topics like news reports, vision boards, etc, was kind of my way of not having the robotic, textbook memorization Q&A because it sucks for everyone. Plus, my kids love anything that allows them to talk about themselves/each other ;D so the presentations have all gone down well. 

Anyway, the students asked to do the music contest again this year so my co-ts and I decided to go with that.
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