Assessment Week 7 - Tutorial (speaking)

There is no written assessment this week.

Format: Groups of 5 students will discuss 2 or 3 topics
Length: About 10-15 minutes
Assessment: One teacher will ask the questions; a second teacher will listen and grade. While, you will perform the assessment as a group, each person will be assessed individually. If a member of the group does not participate fully, the other members will not be disadvantaged. On the contrary, they may improve their grade by attempting to draw the silent group member into the discussion. However, you should not dominate the discussion either; this is just as bad as not speaking! The group will not discuss the questions with the teacher, but with each other. There is no need to look at the teacher - look at the others in your group and make sure you listen carefully to their opinions and arguments. The group should aim to discuss a topic for 4 or 5 minutes.
Materials and practice: Handout: Discourse Gambits, in-class practice and any additional practice the group decides to do outside of class times. Try to work on basic errors that you make when speaking - your teachers will give you feedback, but here are a few examples:
There have > There is/are
No have > People/they don't have / There is a lack of
No can > People can't / It's impossible/ difficult for people to...
Date of assessment: Thursday, January 5

What you will be assessed on

Task completion

  • content and ideas (quality, relevance)
  • ability to express own opinions clearly and respond to other ideas
  • ability to support / elaborate on ideas using reasons, facts and examples

Discourse management and interaction

  • ability to link ideas in a coherent way (using discourse markers, referents)
  • ability to listen and respond to other students in the group
  • ability to ask for clarification / check understanding (Do you mean...? / So you're saying...)
  • handling of turn-taking


  • use of appropriate language to express opinions, to agree and disagree
  • appropriate use of tenses (especially present simple for general facts/truths)
  • use of a range of topic-related vocabulary and ability to paraphrase
  • accurate use of simple grammatical structures
  • some accurate use of complex structures (subordination, conditionals...)

Fluency and pronunciation

  • overall clarity of speaking (individual sounds, linking)
  • use of sentence stress, word stress and intonation to convey message, add emphasis, and imply agreement/disagreement
  • use of chunking and pauses
  • ability to interact freely without unreasonable hesitation