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Alternative Assessments for ESL Students

Alternative assessment helps teachers to gather evidence about how students are processing what they learn.

Aida Mendoza

on 28 January 2013

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by Aida Mendoza Alternative Assessments Alternative assessments is based of what the students can do instead of what students cannot do.
Alternative assessments help teachers to gather evidence about how students are approaching, processing and completing real-life tasks in a particular area. Alternative Assessments Physical Demonstration

Students can point or use gestures. For example, students response with thumps up or down to a question. Alternative - Non-Verbal Assessments Role Plays

Teacher can use role plays in all grade levels. When the students are presenting the role play, it will be easy to know if they have grasped the grammar, content, vocabulary o other new information. Students will show what they have learned. K-W-L Chart

This chart helps teachers to assess the content material learned. For students with limited English proficiency, the chart can be completed in the first language or with illustrations. Alternative - Oral and Written Assessments Dialogue Journals

Dialogue journals provide interaction between student and teacher.
Students choose their topics and participate at the level of English language proficiency. Beginners can draw pictures that can be labeled by the teacher. Students have to write what they felt when they were reading a book or listening to a story. For example, students may copy a brief text on one side of the page and write their reflexions on the text on the other side. Reading Responses Logs Pictorial Assessment

To know if the students are learning the concepts teachers can ask the students to produce and manipulate drawings, dioramas, models, graphs, and charts. Content Area Logs

Students keep a content-area log when reading a expository text. They should record what understand about the subject and the vocabulary, along with questions about the text.

Audio and video records can be made of student oral readings, interviews, and conferences (with teachers or peers)
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