Evaluation and Testing of Students - Diagnostic & Progress Test
This video is part of our video series on "Evaluation and Testing of Students". In this video, we look at the diagnostic and progress test. A diagnostic test gives the teacher information about the students' current strengths and weaknesses, while a progress test is usually held multiple times during a course covering all the material taught up until that point to check understanding.
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In Unit 11, we have introduced the receptive and productive skills and have given detailed explanation of how the receptive skills reading and listening are generally used in receiving information. Unit 12 is a continuation of Unit 11 which the other two skills, speaking and writing will be mentioned thoroughly in order for us to understand how they are used in the practice of English.
While reading and listening are being considered as the skills to receive information, speaking and writing are known as the productive skills which is primarily used in communication. When learners are having speaking lessons, teachers should be focused on their accuracy and fluency as they are both equally important. But despite the equality of both aspects, teachers should have a clear distribution of the lesson plan in order to teach the two skills during different stages.
Speaking activities can be categorized into three different types which are the controlled activities which teachers will have the language controlled and the lesson is aimed on having students to pronounce the language accurately. Guided activities are accuracy based as well as the controlled activities, however, it also involves creativity and productivity. Model dialogues and guided role-play are usually used in these lessons. Creative communication is used to improve and help students to speak the language fluently. The resource or material is usually being brought up by the teacher but the language content is often controlled by the students.
One can express their thoughts and ideas by speaking, but they can also communicate by writing, especially when non native speakers are nervous from pronouncing a second language. However, there are several things that we need to concern in writing skills such as forms of grammar, choice of vocabulary, spelling, handwriting, the formatting and how punctuation is used. As there are many concerns during writing lessons, it is crucial for students to understand what the teacher is aimed for at the end of the lesson. Educator should be giving out clear and simple instructions for the activity and review any potential problems ahead such as sentence structure, format and vocabularies.