Self-Assessment on Iranian Foreign Language Learner's Oral Performance Ability: a Case Study
ObjectivesSelf-assessment, as one type of alternative assessment, with the increased attention to learner-centered curricula, needs analysis, and learner autonomy has gained popularity in recent years. The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of self-assessment on Javanroodian Foreign Language (Kordestan) Learners’ Oral Performance ability.
MethodsThe assessment program involved training, practice, videotaping, feedback, assessment and discussion. Twenty English as a foreign language students of foreign language institutes in Javanrood participated in the study. They were divided into experimental and control group, based on the results of English oral performance pre- tests. The research instrument consisted of a self- assessment checklist containing subcategories related to the organization of the presentation, content, linguistic factors (vocabulary use, grammatical rules and pronunciation) and interaction with the audience. It was developed as a result of interviewing participants and their teachers and then adapting results based on the results of reviewing available checklists in the literature. The data was collected by the experimental group members'' self- assessments of their 6 oral performances and the teacher''s assessment of their performances.
ResultsThe obtained data was analyzed using descriptive and inferential methods. Results indicated that participating in self- assessment process had positive effect on learners'' oral performance ability.
DiscussionResults will have implications for policy makers, material designers and developers, teachers and learners. It will also open up the doors of introducing new trends in assessment to teachers and learners.
Iranian Rehabilitation Journal, Volume:12 Issue:22, 2015
65 - 71
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