Prepare for Exams
INTO EUROPE - Prepare for Modern English Exams
Series Editor: J. Charles Alderson
The Speaking Handbook
Ildikó Csépes - Györgyi Együd
This handbook provides an introduction to the assessment of speaking ability. It is aimed at those language teachers who need to learn how to design, administer or prepare students for tests of speaking ability.
The authors discuss what may influence test takers' oral performance, and describe how to design test tasks, role plays and discussion activities. They stress the importance of the roles of interlocutor and assessor in speaking assessments, and the Handbook presents a step-by-step description of the procedures that should be used in the training of interlocutors and assessors.
The Handbook is accompanied by a DVD that illustrates various speaking activities in different examination modes (individual vs. paired exams). In addition, it includes a selection of benchmarked performances representing different levels on the Council of Europe's Common European Framework, which have been assessed by a group of experts. The experts' comments are included in the Handbook.
Language teachers who are required to design test tasks and administer speaking examinations will find the Handbook an indispensable guide to assessing learners' oral language ability in both classroom and exam situations.