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CONVERSATION ASSESSMENTS

“Social Language”
Communication Skills 003, Sec. 201 (Groups 1, 2 and 3) Semester 331 27 November 2012 Instructor: Shelia Ann Peace

Communicative Competence: The ability to give and receive information in English.

GOAL
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Students: Saudi Arabian females, Arabic “mother tongue,” English “Prep Year” Program.

PARTICIPANTS
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Mixed-ability low beginner- to high-beginner students are taught language for personal introductions using role-play: script (lexis input, speaking, exhibition of comprehension).

METHODOLOGY
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Students “personalize” new language with pairwork composition of original dialogue for personal introductions. Dialogues are performed before classmates (speaking/listening for comprehension, information exchange practice).

EXPANSION
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Students learn language for business (requesting/giving personal information – name, age, occupation, residence, neighborhood) using role-play: script (lexis input, speaking, exhibition of comprehension).

METHODOLOGY
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Students “personalize” new language with pairwork composition of original dialogue for business (requesting/giving personal information – name, age, occupation, family information, residence, neighborhood).

EXPANSION
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Students learn to talk about their - and others’ - hobbies and likes/dislikes using selected worksheets for: vocabulary, language, sentence structure, questions/answers.

METHODOLOGY
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Students show comprehension of language and sentence structure for hobbies and likes/dislikes by answering questions about individual hobbies and likes/dislikes; and, further, asking questions about individual hobbies and likes/dislikes.
This marks the beginning of focused CONVERSATION ACTIVITY.

PRODUCTION
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Selected worksheets teach:      Vocabulary Language Sentence structure Grammar Writing
 gap-fills  completing sentences  completing paragraphs.

METHODOLOGY
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Students show comprehension of concepts by developing Presentations on assigned topics (speech with visual support, and/or demonstration). Implicit Learning: Throughout this development phase there is discussion of language and concepts requiring expanding conversational abilities (understanding and relating ideas) in English.

EXPANSION
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The remaining slides contain “representative” product of Conversation Assessments: “Social Language” administered 27 November 2012. These Conversation Assessments of “Prep Year” Communication Skills Students (Levels I and II) was inserted into the curriculum by this _._._. instructor from Summer, 2011. “Native Speakers” and/or fluent “English speakers” (volunteering _._._. English Instructors) act as interlocutors: guiding and eliciting English for conversation on selected topics. This instructor developed these assessments as: exhibition of skills consolidation; and , examination of students’ listening and speaking skills. They require application of “critical thinking”: as students are having “first contact” with interlocutors -- whose phraseology and style(s) of speaking are completely new to them.

RESULTS
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Interlocutors:

Mrs. Tita Y------Dr. Jeanneth V-------

Group 1 Taught by: Shelia Ann Peace

Interlocutors:

Mrs. Tita Y------Dr. Jeanneth V-------

Group 2 Taught by: Shelia Ann Peace

Interlocutors:

Mrs. Tita Y------Dr. Jeanneth V-------

Group 3 Taught by: Shelia Ann Peace

THANK YOU
for Listening!

Created by Shelia A. Peace All Rights Reserved 2012

CONVERSATION ASSESSMENTS
“Social Language”
Communication Skills 003, Sec. 201 (Groups 1, 2 and 3) Semester 331 - 27 November 2012

Instructor: Shelia Ann Peace