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ERIC Number: ED180032
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Jul
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: N/A
The Assessment of Oracy: Feasibility and Methods.
Bourke, Sid
A feasibility study has been conducted in Australia to investigate school and teacher objectives and practices in the development of oracy, to determine oracy skills agreed to be important, and to assess the feasibility and desirability of testing competence in oracy. The need for oracy assessment arises from a need for schools to account for fundamental learning outcomes, from expressed teacher needs, and from the omission of oracy assessment from previous studies of the literacy of Australian students. The feasibility study involved group interviews with teachers to determine oracy objectives and practices, after which a framework was developed to classify listening and speaking tasks. The tasks were classified according to three dimensions: required abilities in the areas of oral vocabulary, understanding and use of literal and implied meanings, and analytical and critical thinking; the context of the oracy task; and the purpose in listening or speaking. A total of 22 listening and 22 speaking objectives were identified for assessment, and separate listening tests (based on answering questions about tape-recorded material) and speaking tests (based on individual interviews) were developed for students aged 10 to 14 years and administered to approximately 1,300 students. The results will be analyzed with respect to student performance, relation of oral language to listening and word knowledge performance, and relation of student background and nature of school program to performance. (GT)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Australia
Note: Paper presented at the Conference on Developing Oral Communication Competence in Children (Armidale, Australia, July 12-18, 1979)