Friday, August 12, 2011

Authentic Assessment and ESL Students: Classroom Observation

Question: What are some examples of authentic assessment for ESL children?

Answer: Anecdotal records from classroom observation. Make notes on index cards, self-adhesive removable notes, in loose-leaf binders or spiral notebooks.

Quote: “For instance, a teacher may note that Min-Ling wrote her address in English for the first time, or that Ahmed had difficulty comprehending the volcano story because he did not appear to know what a volcano was.” P. 191

Use charts or checklists. {In most cases, teachers will list on the chart certain categories that they are interested in observing.” P. 191. Some sample categories: “Use of oral English.” “Use of Written English.” Place the chart on clipboards.

Quote: “Used creatively, anecdotal records and charts can help provide a more complete picture of second-language children’s emerging second-language proficiency and literacy development.” P. 193.

Title: “Assessing the Literacy Development of Second-Language Students: A Focus on Authentic Assessment.” Georgia Earnest Garcia, pp. 180-205.  In Kids Come in All Languages: Reading Instruction for ESL Students. Eds. K Spangensberg-Urgschat and R Pritchard. Newark, DE: IRA. 1994.

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