We began the speaking component of the final evaluation today. Students must participate in an interview with me. The interview is one quarter of the exam grade and is worth 25 points, which are divided equally among the following categories.
Quantity – amount of Spanish the student gets out
Vocabulary – correct word choice
Accuracy – correct verb usage and other grammar
Flow – smooth and natural speech
I gave very few instructions to students prior to the interviews. They saw the rubric and knew that we would have a conversation in which I wanted them to show me how much Spanish they could speak. They knew that I was assessing their abilities and not how much information they knew. I did not spend a lot of time with potential questions because I didn’t want robotic answers. My interviews have been different for each student. I allow their responses to guide the conversation.
I set up in the hallway and students come out one by one. Other students are in the classroom watching a movie and completing activities. I set a timer on my phone for 5 minutes, and we begin talking. The timer is just to keep me on track. Here are the list of questions I had as a guide to get the conversation going. Some students did not need many questions because they offered thorough responses.
1. What did you do over the weekend? (This usually leads into many potential topics for extension)
2. What are your plans for the summer?
3. What do you like to do in your free time?
4. Describe your family and friends.
5. Describe the movie that we are watching in class. What has happened?
6. Describe a TV program.
7. What do you want to do in the future?
8. My wife’s birthday is coming up. What should I buy her and why?
Again, the key is that students understand that I’m not looking for simple answers. I want to hear as much Spanish spoken as possible.
Later in the week, students will complete the writing, reading and listening sections.