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ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHING
Skills Areas Tested in the QPT
The computer-based QPT assesses students in:
Listen and select
Focus: General comprehension, gist,
Listen and select (graphic)
Focus: General comprehension, gist.
Read and select
Focus: Understanding of specific,
Focus: Lexis, collocation, grammatical
rules, phrasal verbs, adverbial phrases, connectives,
Focus: Lexis, collocation,
The QPT result is an important factor in helping a teacher decide which class to put students into. Teachers may also want additional information about a student's spoken or written language ability, depending on the objectives of a particular course. For example, if a class focuses on oral fluency and communication skills then assessment of speaking skills is probably needed, and courses with components of academic English or report writing skills will probably require an assessment of writing skills. General English courses may need both to get an overall picture of the student's proficiency. These kinds of assessments can be done in a number of ways.
Ways of assessing students' speaking skills are:
If self-assessment is used, learners must be able to understand the level descriptors used, for example, labels such as Beginner, Advanced, etc. For lower level learners, it might be preferable to give the task and the labels in their own language.
If direct oral testing is used, the teacher will need a quick way to generate appropriate samples of spoken language. Further suggestions are provided in the supporting material packaged with the test.
Writing skills can take longer to assess than speaking, and if time is limited then it will be even more important for teachers to find ways of getting samples of written work quickly and efficiently. Evidence of writing skills can be:
As with speaking tests, teachers will need a quick way to generate appropriate samples of writing to assess written language ability. Further suggestions are provided in the supporting material packaged with the test.
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