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We choose the best assessment based on several factors:
Ease of giving and marking the assessment Type of skill being assessed (i.e. reading comprehension vs. oral report) breadth of information we want the assessment to provide When ease is important and limited information is needed, teachers often use traditional discrete point testing. Example of a discrete language question: Mary ______________ the new director before she spoke to him at the company picnic. a. was being met b. have already met c. had already met d. could already meet This question tests students’ knowledge of one language item: the past perfect tense . Example of an integrative language question: Write a paragraph describing your hometown in the past (100 years ago or more) and compare it with your hometown today. Use vocabulary from this past week's lesson. This test requires the synthesis of several skills and subskills: writing (a knowledge of the compare and contrast writing style), grammar (syntax, verb tenses, and possibly structural words, such as although and whereas ) and appropriate vocabulary and expressions (with phrases like in comparison to ). Discrete Point Language Questions What kinds of questions can you use to create your classroom tests? The following are some examples: Yes-No comprehension questions True-False Questions Sentences made of scrambled words that must be unscrambled to make sentences Asking students to answer questions on a topic using correct (or target) grammar Multiple-choice questions Gap-Fill (or fill-in-the-blank) exercises. Students complete sentences by choosing the correct word. Teachers often provide a word bank with a list of possible answers. Gap-fills can be adapted many ways and can assess many vocabulary and grammar skills.
Cloze exercises. Like a gap-fill, this assessment also contains blanks, but its classroom application is different. In a cloze exercise, a long passage from a text is copied with every fifth or tenth word removed. Learners attempt to complete the passage. The ease or difficulty of this task can help teachers assess whether the reading level of the text is appropriate for these learners. Asking students to transform a word or sentence (changing the tense or part of speech) Example 1: Use the following word correctly in the sentence below: careful Mary __________ tasted the hot soup. Example 2: Change the following sentence from past tense to present perfect tense. They went to London for their vacation. Short answer questions that use who, what, when, where, why, or how Students must find mistakes in sentences and correct them Students have to match words or sentences with pictures Asking students to categorize groups of words Example: Identify the following as forms of transportation, actions describing transportation, or people working in transportation. plane - passenger - sail - canoe - crew - airliner - pilot - driver - auto - subway - conductor> There are many more types of questions you can employ to create your own class tests!

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