Since I stopped giving traditional paper-pencil tests, I replaced them with the Integrated Performance Assessment. I bought the IPA manual from ACTFL, but my best source of information has been handouts by Paul Sandrock that I found online.
So far I am focusing mainly on Spanish I. I feel good about the assessments that I’ve created for the most part, though I have some changes to make. I am using the textbook listening and reading texts for the interpretive mode, though I think authentic materials are the ideal. I am going to include an IPA in this post for a unit in Spanish I about describing people. The interpersonal oral they had wasn’t a very natural conversation; I’d like to improve it somehow. I worry so much about their feeling stressed about the orals that I let them practice a lot with a partner in class, and I usually let them converse with that same partner for their assessment, so it is too rehearsed. I need to give them random partners. The other issue is that I am still trying to operate within the themes in the textbook in order to stay in keeping with my colleagues, and I am finding that textbooks are just not all that compatible with natural communication. In level 1 the students have only done written presentational assessments, but all of their interpersonal assessments (3 so far) have been oral. I have 107 Spanish I students, so listening to each one give a presentational assessment would be time consuming. I’ll have to work on how to resolve that without listening to tons of recordings outside of school. When designing my unit, I wrote my learning outcomes based on the 3 modes of communication and proficiency guidelines, then developed assessments around them. Am I doing this right? Not sure yet.🙂
Proficiency Target: Novice Low-Mid I can . . .
- Have a brief conversation in which I describe people based on their physical and personality traits and the clothing they are wearing. (National Standard 1.1)
- Understand spoken or written descriptions of people. (1.2)
- Describe myself and others and compare myself with others orally or in writing. (1.3)
U1E2 level 1 post assessment (interpretive listening and reading)