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					         Learning by Sharing
Implementation of the Oman Academic Standards for
        General Foundation Programmes




     Effective Assessment Tools to
     measure / evaluate Learning
          Outcomes – English
               Dhofar University
         Presented by: Samantha Burns               1
             The context
   in which the assessment takes place

             Open door
               policy
‘helping’
  each                       Cultural
  other                    background


 Limited
exposure                   Educational
to English                 background
                                         2
                         Evolution of the GFP at
                           Dhofar University
3 tiered system   •             2006-7       2007-10


                  • Level 1     16 hrs       20-22


                  • Level 2     12hrs        18-20


                  • Level 3     9hrs         16 hrs


                                                       3
            Expansion of levels
 3 level programme extended as follows:
• Level 1            1X extra support needed low
                     1R regular              high


• Bridging Programme – 2 additional hours of
  English support      5 hours of English


                                                    4
5
                            LEVEL 3 Outcomes 4.           Recall important
 A Way to think about the
 OAC Learning Outcomes      1. Use text features          points and
 Learning Outcome 1            to predict general         interpret text by
                               idea of a text             answering factual
Reading                        (e.g. visuals, title,      questions.
L.O.1                          headings)             5.   Compare and
                            2. Scan a text to             contrast
Read a one to                                             relationships/
                               identify and
two page text                  explain specific 6.        Summarize/
and identify the               information.          7.   Paraphrase
main idea(s)                3. Skim a passage to          information from
                               determine the              text. Goes to
and extract
                               organization,              ENG101
specific                       general ideas, and
information                    scan the passage
in a given period              for relevant
                               details.
of time.                                                                6
Development of In-house Materials




                                7
              Assessment
•   Placement test
•   Exit exam
•   Course material evaluation
•   External testing system
•   Student evaluation


                                 8
     Assessment Breakdown
                 Coursework   External test
2007-8           85%          15%
                 80%          20%
2008-9           80%          20%

                 75%          25%
2009-10          70%          30%

2007-2009   ITP TOEFL
2009-2010   IELTS

                                              9
        SWOT        (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities & Threats)
Performance Reviews: Key Performance Measures (English)
A student completing each of the three levels:

 Shall sit for a comprehensive exit exam prepared by GFP.

 Exit exam for Level 3 would be ITP TOEFL or IELTS

 Shall have a passing grade in the coursework of the semester
  (min. 60%)

 Shall be promoted to the next level (or year one) if the aggregate
  average of coursework and exit exam is 60% and above (70%
  coursework + 30% exit exam (or ITP TOEFL/IELTS)

 The target aim is 50% coursework and 50% external test.
                                                                       10
ITP TOEFL                  vs                IELTS
Institution Testing Program       International English Language
Test of English as a Foreign      Testing System
Language

 Idiomatic language               4 skills are rated

 Culturally biased                based on practical skills
                                    which are used for academic
 No speaking component             study

 Does not differentiate in the    provides a variety of contexts
  lower registers                   and range of situations and
                                    speakers
 No writing component             in line with OAS
                                                                   11
                Coursework Assessment
        Skill       Test 1    Test 2   Test 3          Final         Value
        Reading     20%       20%      20%             40%           40%
        Writing     *20%      *20%     *20%            *40%          40%
        Speaking    25%       25%                40%                 10%
                                         Continuous assessment 10%


        Listening   25%       25%                50%                 10%
        Total Grade of the course                                    100%

   All tests and other assessed assignments are kept in students’
    portfolios with instructor for evidence of progress.

   All writing papers are marked by two teachers to ensure fair grading.

   Journals are collected on a weekly basis for teachers to identify
    common errors and for student – teacher feedback.

   Involvement in Project work is encouraged for further learning
    opportunities.                                                           12
            Listening Learning Outcomes
Learning
Outcome
            Learning Outcomes                                                                           Level
                                                                                                          1
                                                                                                                Level 2   Level 3

Standards

      A     Activate schema with visual or textural clues to predict content.                            √        √         √

      B     Listen to a conversation between two or more speakers and be able to answer questions
            in relation to context, relationship between speakers, register (e.g. formal or informal)    √        √         √
      C     Listen for main ideas.                                                                       √        √         √
      D     Listen for specific information.                                                             √        √         √
      E     Take slow simple dictation.                                                                  √        √
     F      Recognize signpost phrases.                                                                  √        √         √
     G      Distinguish between statements and                                                           √        √
            questions.
     H      Identify important information by word                                                       √        √         √
            stress.
     I      Transfer specific information from a                                                                  √         √
            listening passage to a table / diagram.
      J     Paraphrase information from a monologue/lecture.                                                      √         √
      K     Use contextual clues to make inferences.                                                              √         √
      L     Identify the opinions of speakers.                                                                              √
     M      Distinguish fact from opinion                                                                                   √
      N     Take notes and respond to questions about the topic, main idea, details and opinions or
            arguments from an extended listening (e.g. lecture, news broadcast).                                  √         √
      O     Follow spoken instructions in order to carry out a task with a number of stages.
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                            DHOFAR UNIVERSITY FOUNDATION PROGRAM
                                     FALL SEMESTER 2009-`10
                                    FINAL EXAM- LISTENING
Name:                                ID No:              Class: L3/ S TOTAL MARKS:50

SECTION 1: Listen to the conversation and circle the correct answers.                     (2.5 marks each)

•The caller can book a car by pressing button number
    (a)One                              (b)Two                              (c)Three

•Who is the caller?
    (a)Maxine                           (b)Melanie                          (c)Moris

•The booking reference is
    (a)ASFY15AG                         (b)ACFY15AG                         (c)ACFY50AJ

•The caller wants to…………
    (a)make changes to his car reservation ( b)complain about a car        (c) make a car reservation

•Mr Maxine will have to pay a total of …………..
    (a) ₤ 165                           (b) ₤ 65                            (c) ₤ 15

SECTION 2: Listen to the lecture and answer the questions.
   How much money was given by Alfred Nobel to establish the Nobel Prize?
    ____________________________________________
   Which are the two Nobel prizes given by the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences?
     _____________________________________________
   How many members are there in the committee for Nobel Peace prize?
   _____________________________________________
   Which was the sixth Nobel prize established in 1969?
   ______________________________________________
    What is the last date for receiving names of candidates for the Nobel Prize?
   ______________________________________________
                           (continued…..page:2)                                                         14
SECTION 3 : Listen and complete the table below


      Main areas
                   (11) City ………………
      dealt With
                   North suburb

        Rent       From (12)     ₤……………….
                   to ₤ 500.

                   Quality of the area
     Depends on    Availability of (13)
                   …………………
                   Garage

                   West park
                   Rent (14) ₤……………… a
                   month
      Properties   Including (15)
       available   ………….……………… bill
                   Tithe road
                   Rent ₤ 380 a month
                   Including (16)
                   ……………………….. rental

    When to see?   Meet at office on Wednesday
                   at(17)………… pm

                   Letter from (18)
        Need
                   ……………………..
                   Reference from employer

                   Give (19) …………. weeks’
                   notice of moving in
        Must
                   Give deposit of one month’s
                   (20)…………..
                                                  15
                   Pay for contract.
  Speaking Level 3       Assessment Tasks
1 Prepare a dialogue on a familiar topic with a partner. Demonstrate:
          • initiate conversation / asking and answering questions
          • asking for clarification / concluding conversation.

2 Research and talk for 2 minutes about a current news item.
          • provide the reference /show clear understanding of the
            topic
          • use vocabulary that the class can understand
          • be able to answer questions seeking clarification
          • paraphrase successfully

3 Give a presentation of 5 minutes about a career you are interested in
  pursuing or the major you will take at the university.
            • evidence of research
            • effective use of visual aids
            • provide clear information and ability to answer questions
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                                                        SPEAKING RUBRIC
Student’s Name:______________________ Level 3               Section: ____
                                                   TOTAL MARK: ____ / 30

   THINGS WE LOOK FOR
  Pronunciation              All words are clearly understood
                             Most words are clearly understood
                                                                            4
                                                                            3
                             Some words are clearly understood              2
                             Not many words are clearly understood          1

  Intonation                 Interesting to listen to
                             Sometimes interesting to listen to
                                                                            3
                                                                            2
                                                                                All words are clearly         4
                             Boring to listen to                            1   understood
  Use of Grammar             Meaning is clear
                             Most meaning is clear
                                                                            3
                                                                            2
                                                                                Most words are clearly        3
                             Confusing                                      1   understood
  Fluency                    Can keep speaking                              3
                             Stops and starts with pauses                   2   Some words are clearly        2
                             Only gives 1-2 word answers                    1   understood
  Developing confidence      Appears confident                              3
                             Trying to be confident                         2   Not many words are            1
                             Makes listener uncomfortable                   1   clearly understood
  Content                    Excellent ideas                                4
                             Interesting ideas                              3
                             Ok ideas                                       2
                             Not interesting                                1
  Task Fulfillment           Excellent interpretation of graph              4
  (Paraphrase graphic        Very good attempt at explaining graph          3
  information)
                             Good attempt at explaining graph               2
                             Confused explanation of graph                  1
                                                                                Demonstrates excellent use        3
  Vocabulary                 Demonstrates excellent use of vocabulary       3
  (Use of target language)   Attempts to use target vocabulary              2   of vocabulary
                             Limited attempt to use target vocabulary       1   Attempts to use target            2
  Use of visual aids         Interacts well with visual aids                3   vocabulary
                             Attempts to interact with visual aids          2   Limited attempt to use            1
                             Doesn’t incorporate visual aid                 1
  Things that were good:
                                                                                target vocabulary
  Things that I can work on to improve my grade:                                                             17
Reading and Writing test process




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               SAMPLE OF READING TEST
Questions 1-4
Complete the sentences below.
Write NO MORE THAN THREE WORDS for each answer.
1 Global warming causes a set of ____________________________
  patterns.
2 The IPCC meets annually to review the ________________________
  and then prepares a report.
3 The gas that is responsible for most global warming is ___________
    or CO².
Questions 5-8
Choose the correct letter A, B or C.
5 IPCC stands for
A International Peace on Climate Change
B International Panel on Climate Change
C Internal Panel on Climate change
                                                                  19
                       SAMPLE OF READING TEST
Questions 11 – 13
Using the information in the passage, complete the table below.
Write your answers in the space provided.
11. Today, water services are inferior to those of ancient________.
12. Around ______ to _____children are killed every year due to water-
   related diseases.
Questions 14 – 17
Do the following statements agree with the information given in
Reading Passage 2? Write your answers in the space provided:
YES    if the statement agrees with the claims of the writer
NO     If the statement contradicts the claims of the writer
NOT GIVEN        if it is impossible to say what the writer thinks about this
14. In the future, governments should maintain ownership of water
   reservoirs. _________
15. Industrial growth is increasing the overall demand for water.               20
                _________
              SAMPLE OF WRITING TEST
WRITING – TASK 4   COMPARE AND CONTRAST PARAGRAPH-
  Focus on
   • good ideas                              content
   • topic sentence
   • concluding sentence                      organization
   • supporting sentences
   • good use of vocabulary
   • spelling                              use of English
   • punctuation
   • grammar
Choose one of the following and write 120 – 150 words. (10 marks)
In a well organized paragraph, compare and contrast two friends
you know well. OR
In a well organized paragraph, compare and contrast two cities,
(for example: Dubai and Muscat or Muscat and Salalah).            21
                SAMPLE OF WRITING TEST
   Essay Writing: (about 250 words for each essay)
Directions: Choose ONE topic from Part I and One topic from Part II: A or B
Part I: Agree/disagree topics( 20 marks)

1. Some people feel that it is better to have separate classes at university for
   male students and female students. Do you agree or disagree with these
   people? Give three reasons.

2. Mobile phones are helpful in many ways, but they also cause problems.
   We should limit our use of mobile phones. Do you agree or disagree
   with this statement? Give three reasons.
Part II: Cause/effect
1. What are the effects of using public transportation? Give three effects and
   explain each.

2.   What are the reasons some students get bad grades at university?
     Give three causes and explain each.
                                                                              22
   Sample rubric – Compare and Contrast Essay
LEVEL THREE    WRITING RUBRIC – COMPARE AND CONTRAST ESSAY – TEST 2
Organization & Organization
Shows a good introductory paragraph including a thesis statement. 3
Shows a reasonable attempt at an introductory paragraph including 2
 a thesis statement.
 Shows a limited attempt at an introductory paragraph including a 1
thesis statement.
Mechanics
Demonstrates a good command of spelling, grammar, punctuation    3
and effective word choice.
Demonstrates a reasonable command of spelling, grammar,          2
punctuation and effective word choice.
Demonstrates a limited command of spelling, grammar, punctuation 1
and effective word choice.


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    The next step in our process of improving our
                  assessment tools
High stakes                   Other forms of
assessment                    data collection
•    Tests                    •   Journals
•    Exams                    •   Portfolios
•    Quizzes                  •   Project work
•    External testing         •   Oral Presentations
     systems                  •   Homework assignments
                              •   Informal observations
                                  of student proficiency

     How do we quantify these other forms while
     maintaining reliability and validity?
                                                           24
      The future ...
Effective educators must, by the very nature of our
changing society, adapt and redefine the goals of
 student learning and the tools used to assess these.
 Assessment guides instruction and aids us, as
teachers, in improving our programmes to meet the
 needs of
   our changing student base
   our students’ increasing exposure to English and
    awareness of world affairs
   the increasing fields for job opportunities and the paths
    taken to attain employment.                                 25

				
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