ERIC Number: ED395500
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-May
Reference Count: N/A
Practical Ideas on Alternative Assessment for ESL Students. ERIC Digest.
This digest provides examples of measures well suited for assessing English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) students. Alternative assessment is particularly useful with ESL students because it asks students to show what they can integrate and produce, not simply recall and reproduce. Alternative assessment includes varied measures adaptable for different situations. Nonverbal assessment strategies include physical demonstrations and pictorial products expressing academic concepts or content knowledge without speech or writing. K-W-L (what I know/what I want to know/what I've learned) charts are used, both individually or as a class exercise, to begin and end a unit of study, particularly in social studies and science. Before the unit, the strategy helps teachers understand students' background knowledge and interests; afterward, it helps assess content material learned. Oral performance-based assessments include such activities as interviews, oral reports, role-plays, describing, explaining, summarizing, retelling, and paraphrasing stories or text material. Other oral and written products useful for assessing ESL students' progress are content area thinking and learning logs, reading response logs, structured and creative writing assignments, dialogue journals, and student-produced audio or video cassettes. Portfolios are used to collect samples of student work over time to track student development. (MSE)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Charts, Creative Writing, Dialog Journals, English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Interviews, Journal Writing, Nonverbal Communication, Oral Language, Portfolios (Background Materials), Role Playing, Science Instruction, Social Studies, Student Evaluation, Writing Exercises
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
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Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.