Assessment Tips

The ESL Benchmarks can be used as part of everyday classroom interactions by observing and analyzing student work. The following table offers sample ideas on how to assess language proficiency within the classroom context.

 

Individual
Group

Listening

  • One-on-one interview during class time
  • Listening task in which students complete oral or written response to orally given prompt
  • Observation during class discussions, demonstrations and cooperative learning
  • All students complete written responses to orally given prompts.

Speaking

  • One-on-one interview during class time
  • Interaction during routine reading assessment
  • Video or audio recording
  • Observation during class discussions, demonstrations and cooperative learning
  • Video or audio recording

 

Reading

  • During silent reading, student reads excerpt from book
  • As part of an individual reading assessment
  • Student reads excerpt from shared text during:
  • paired or small group reading
  • guided reading
  • literature circles or other organized group reading

Writing

  • Individual writing prompt
  • Individual writing assignments (e.g., journals, notes, reports, projects, essays, tests, surveys etc.)
  • Group administered writing prompt
  • Group administered writing assignments with individual completion (journals, notes, reports, projects, essays, tests, surveys etc.)

 

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