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speaking controlled assessments

Discussion in 'Modern foreign languages' started by matador, Mar 20, 2011.

  1. matador

    matador New commenter


    Was just wondering what sort of activities people do to help pupils memorise language that they may later use in controlled assessments for speaking - what activities really help in retaining language / structures etc and what do you find pupils enjoy ?
  2. sam enerve

    sam enerve New commenter

    Controlled assessment isn't about learning language - it is all about memorising chunks of pre-learnt material.
    Rant over - the best ways to get students to improve their speaking are IMHO: Using mobile phones to record themselves speaking and play it back to self assess or peer assess. They can use video or audio to do this, but video is more fun. Use voki.com to create speaking avatars to download on to their phones or ipods so that they can listen to how the work should sound. Get students to read aloud in class (after having taught them phonics, obviously). Try some tasks which force the students to speak eg show them a photo and ask questions about it in target language.
    Some students like to use memory maps to learn vocabulary which is related and I also use tarsia puzzles to help with vocabulary learning. e.g. when learning shops I have a tarsia puzzle which has the names of shops to which the students must match words for items available in those particular shops.
    At the end of the day, though, the students have to want to learn.

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