ERIC Number: ED121107
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1963
Reference Count: N/A
Oral Examinations. Pamphlet No. 12.
Dodson, C. J.
This pamphlet reports on an investigation into the problem of standardizing the marking of oral examinations at the Ordinary Level of the General Certificate of Education. Investigations were made into two languages - German and Welsh. Language teachers received a list of 63 questions, of which 20 were to be presented to the examination candidate, to keep him speaking for five minutes. Examinations were recorded on tape. A system of error marking was set up, noting mistakes in grammar, incomplete sentences, misunderstanding and pronunciation errors. An order-of-merit list was obtained, accounting for candidates' accuracy, fluency and pronunciation. The oral tests were judged sufficiently accurate to be given greater weight in the examination process. It is suggested, for future oral exams, that teachers test their own students according to a question card, and that the test be recorded. A certain number of questions might be asked randomly out of a possible 500. Teachers might mark exams themselves, rather than simply sending tests to the examining board. An appendix contains teachers' instructions, examination questions in German, Welsh and English, and examiners' score sheets used in the investigation. A report of oral examinations in Carmarthenshire in 1961 is included. (CHK)
Descriptors: German, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Performance Tests, Scoring, Second Language Learning, Speech Skills, Tape Recordings, Testing, Verbal Tests, Welsh
The Dean, Faculty of Education, University College of Wales, Cambrian St., Aberystwyth, Wales (2 shillings, 6 pence)
Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wales Univ., Aberystwyth. Univ. Coll. of Wales.
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Wales)