Tuesday, 22 January 2013

ASSESSING STUDENTS' ORAL PRESENTATIONS IN ANY CONTENT AREA




Our last seminar session was focused on tools for peer assessment. Next Tuesday January 29th  I will suggest some tools to help teachers when they have to assess their students' speaking performances.  There are plenty of rubrics that can be used but now I would like to recommend  this  one from http://www.readwritethink.org/  because it  is really easy to use and  designed to fit any topic or subject area. The rubric proposed allows teachers to assess students in several key areas of oral presentation. Students are scored on a scale of 1- 4 in three major areas.

The first area is Delivery, which includes eye contact, and voice inflection. 

The second area, Content/Organization, scores students based on their knowledge and understanding of the topic being presented and the overall organization of their presentation. 

The third area, Enthusiasm/Audience Awareness, measures  students'  enthusiasm towards the topic and their ability to convey the message effectively  to their intended audience. 

Give students the oral presentation rubric ahead of time so that they know and understand what they will be scored on. Discuss each of the major areas and how they relate to their oral presentation. 

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