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Performance Based Assessments Oral Proficiency Interview (opi) and European Language Portfolio (elp)

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Performance Based Assessments

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and European Language Portfolio (ELP)

Abstract

This paper will explore the two performance based assessments in regards to language; the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) as well as the European Language Portfolio (ELP). Both of these assessments are superior to paper and pencil tests as they allow more than class based content to be evaluated. Performance based assessment is defined as "a test in which the ability of candidates to perform particular tasks, usually associated with job or study requirements, is assessed" (Davies et al., 1999, p. 144). "...tasks are designed to measure learners' productive language skills through performances which allow candidates to demonstrate the kinds of language skills that may be required in a real world context" (Wigglesworth, G., 2008, p.111).

Performance Based Assessments

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and European Language Portfolio (ELP)

An OPI tests the candidate's listening, language, comprehension and speaking skills. It can be administered in person or over the phone. It usually consists of a one-on-one interview. It is a comfortable conversation where the assessor greets the candidate and eases him/her into a conversation. The assessor must ask probing questions to ensure the conversation goes beyond the initial "Hello/Bonjour" stage. This conversation is taped so the assessor and the people who will be reviewing the proficiency level of the candidate can have a unanimous decision as to the level of fluency a person has. In the Canadian government, proficiencies are A, B, and C. An E can be granted if the person is fluent in both languages, for example; "Superior is the highest level a second language learner can achieve before becoming indistinguishable from a native speaker in non technical situations. They have nearly perfect grammar with occasional, unpatterned errors. They are able to play with words and use idiomatic expressions in the correct sense."(OPI PP)

Level C

Can understand linguistically complex speech that deals with work-related topics and is spoken in standard dialect at normal speed. Can give clear, detailed descriptions of complex topics and can summarize a discussion. Can express and sustain opinions and can respond to complex and hypothetical questions. Has a fairly natural and even delivery, with occasional hesitations, but most hesitations are for ideas. Has a broad range

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