Lecturer: Heidi Mäkäläinen, Helsingin yliopisto (University of Helsinki)
Oral skills are an important part of every language course. Since they are included in the learning objectives they should also be assessed. Furthermore, we should involve students in assessment and thus endorse their autonomy as language learners, for example, use peer-assessment. In addition, peer-assessment is often seen as a stepping-stone to self-assessment since it develops students’ metacognitive skills.
However, even university students find assessing peers’ oral language skills difficult. In accordance, they often prefer assessment by teachers especially if they study the foreign language at a lower level.
In my presentation, I will describe the students’ view on oral language skills, on the assessment of oral language skills and on the peer-assessment of oral skills. I will also introduce models to help students to utilize peer assessment. The presentation will base on research, conducted at the University of Helsinki Language centre. The respondents were elementary (A1-A2) and intermediate (B1) level university students studying Swedish and Russian.
Contact person: Monika Ševečková firstname.lastname@example.org