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Applied Linguistics

Project based on an exam for testing students aged 15-16
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Miriam Calderon

on 8 January 2013

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Transcript of Applied Linguistics

4th ESO 15-16 years Writing test with 3 options, 200 words Scoring Evaluation based on a six-band scale Study Travelling Writing test Miriam Calderón
Ariadna Cardona
Montserrat Pinar Test content What are the students supposed to know? Validity Grammar Present simple & Present continuous
Past simple & Past continuous
Present perfect
Use of different futures: will & be going to
Present, past & future passive
Quantifiers
First, second & third Conditionals
Comparative & superlatives
Ability & obligation Health and endurance
Using money
Luxuries
Types of music
Commerce
Inventions
Technology
Expressing feelings
Expressing problems A life story
A formal & an informal letter
A discussion essay
Reporting an interview
Use of connectors & contractions Vocabulary Writing Test purpose Summer job Making friends Personal interests 30 students 1. Write a story beginning with the sentence given: I still can't forget what happened when I was six. Everything began when... 2. Your pen friend is inviting you to his/her city. Ask him/her what you are going to do together those days and about any question you may have. 3. You want to go to a Summer Camp next summer, Write a letter to the Summer Camp organizer and request the information that you need to have.
- Clothes, food, people, money, activities... What will we evaluate? Content

Organization and cohesion

Vocabulary

Use of English

Register and format

Desired effect on the target reader of the task Reliability Three option test

Different genres and tasks

Truer picture of the examinees’s range of abilities in writing. Authenticity Content-validity

Construct-validity Homogeneity Tasks relevant for their background goals Real world tasks Types of audience Addressing to appropriate public Six-band scale Band 5:
•Content: Reporting the information required with original output.
•Organization and cohesion: Successful organization and use of various connectors.
•Vocabulary: Wide range of vocabulary, including the concepts presented in class.
•Use of English: Wide range of grammatical structures, including the concepts presented in class.
•Register and format: Can successfully express in the appropriate register and follow the correct format (options 2 and 3).
•Overall: a very positive effect on the target reader.
Band 4:
•Content: Reporting the sufficient information required.
•Organization and cohesion: Proper organisation and use of connectors
•Vocabulary: Good range of vocabulary, including some concepts presented in class.
•Use of English: Good range of grammatical structures, including some concepts presented in class.
•Register and format: Can express in the appropriate register and follow the correct format (options 2 and 3).
•Overall: a positive effect on the target reader.
Band 3:
Content: Reporting the main information.
•Organization and cohesion: Adequate organisation and simple use of connectors
•Vocabulary: Adequate vocabulary, with some mistakes.
•Use of English: Average use of grammatical structures, with few mistakes.
•Register and format: Can generally express in the appropriate register and follow the correct format (options 2 and 3).
•Overall: a ssatisfactory effect on the target reader.
Band 2:
•Content: Some omissions and/or irrelevant material.
•Organization and cohesion: Poor organization and few connectors.
•Vocabulary: Restricted vocabulary and vague terms; mistakes can limit communication.
•Use of English: Limited use of grammatical structures, with some mistakes.
•(Register and format): Unsuccessful attempt to express in the appropriate register and follow the correct format (options 2 and 3).
•Overall: message not clearly communicated to the target reader. Band 1:
•Content: Remarkable omissions and irrelevance.
•Organization and cohesion: Absence of organisation and connectors.
•Vocabulary: Poor vocabulary and little or no language control.
•Use of English: Poor use of grammatical structures.
•Register and format: Little or no appropriate register and correct format (options 2 and 3).
•Overall: a very negative effect on the target reader.
Band 0: Not enough words to be assessed. January 7th
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