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Group Dynamic Assessment in the Language Classroom

ACTFL 2012

Kristin Davin

on 15 November 2012

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Mediation Thematic Unit of Instruction DA Framework Students geography
favorite past times
culture of soccer
famous citizens Classroom Dynamic
Assessment Kristin Davin
Ashley Hellmann 4th / 5th grade, novice level, non-heritage language learners
17 students in class
15 minute classes, every day, 5 days per week
Comprised a cohort of students in their fifth year of Spanish study
Taught by an itinerant teacher Excerpt 1

1. Annie: ¿*Qué es tu cantante favorita?

2.Ms. Ryan: (pause with questioning look) (Prompt 1)

3.Annie: (silence)

4.Ms. Ryan: ¿*Qué es tu cantante favorita? (Prompt 2)

5.Annie: Oh!, ¿Quién es tu cantante favorita? Excerpt 2

1. Alex: ¿Cuál es tu *favorito equipo de fútbol?

2. Ms. Ryan: (pause with questioning look) (Prompt 1)

3. Alex: (silence)

4. Ms. Ryan: ¿Cuál es tu *favorito equipo de fútbol? (Prompt 2)

5. Alex.: *Fútbol equipo…

6. Ms. Ryan: *¿favorito equipo? (Prompt 3)

7. Alex: si, *favorito equipo.

8. Ms. Ryan: ¿Cuál es tu *‘favorito equipo’ o ‘equipo favorito’? (Prompt 4)

9. Alex: ¿equipo favorito?

10. Ms. Ryan: uh-huh. ¿Por qué? Why?

11. Alex: umm

12.Ms. Ryan: ¿Cuál es tu equipo favorito? Alex, por qué es ‘equipo favorito’ y no es *‘favorito equipo’? Excerpt 3

1.Mark : ¿Cuál es *capital de Argentina?

2.Ms. Ryan: (pause with questioning look) (Prompt 1)

3.Mark: (silence)

4.Ms. Ryan: ¿Cuál es *capital de Argentina? (Prompt 2)

5.Mark: ¿Cuál es *capital…

6.Ms. Ryan: ¿Cuál es *capital? (Prompt 3)

7.Mark: ¿Cuál es *tu capital?

8.Ms. Ryan: ¿*el o la? (Prompt 4)

9.Mark: uhhh, la

10.Ms. Ryan: la, si porque queremos decir the capital…
¿Cuál es la capital?…Muy bien. Excelente. Dynamic Assessment = instruction + assessment prompts



are used to promote
deeper understanding and to mediate errors Numerical score

Learner profile

is calculated or composed based on students responses and ability to use the prompts and hints Pre-Scripted Mediation Flexible Mediation respond quickly
emphasizes assessment
compare students
track progress
calculate grades highly responsive to student needs
emphasizes instruction
more detailed profile
deeper understanding of individuals Un Viaje por Argentina noun/adjective agreement
basic ser/estar
WH-question formation Roxy Tom Ivan Kristin Davin

Ashley Hellmann
alh96@pitt.edu I swimmed for two hours yesterday. I do not want no apples. I travel in the tunnel every day to work.
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