So, in an effort to show what my students’ skills are, to have data to show to their parents at conferences next week, I have decided to do some assessments. I learned from Claire Ensor, who is passionate about assessing students in a compassionate, success-oriented way, that curriculum, instruction, and assessment should align, according to the educational theorist John Biggs. So therefore I wanted my assessment of listening to align with classroom practices and curriculum.
Basically, my curriculum is stories and images – either the stories we create together based on images as I learned fro Ben Slavic, or stories I tell the kids using Dr. Beniko Mason’s story listening approach. So this listening assessment is for students to listen to a retelling of the story from yesterday and demonstrate (in English) their comprehension.
I took the students to the library where we can use tables. Rhea and I retold the story from yesterday, with little extra-linguistic support, just reading as a storyteller would, with voice intonation. We read at a somewhat normal pace, without drawing or writing on the board.
I believe that the students are listening at an Advanced Low to Advanced Mid level – after only one quarter.
From ACTFL: At the Advanced Low sublevel, listeners are able to understand short conventional narrative and descriptive texts with a clear underlying structure though their comprehension may be uneven. The listener understands the main facts and some supporting details. Comprehension may often derive primarily from situational and subject-matter knowledge.