DELTA Module 1, Paper 2, Task 1

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Paper 2, Task 1: Task type
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An extract or purpose of a test. Evaluate its effectiveness
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Paper 2, Task 1: How much time?
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20 minutes
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Paper 2, Task 1: Mark scheme
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One mark for each positive/negative identified. One mark each for also identifying the application to the learner. Two marks for accurate use of terminology.
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Paper 2, Task 1: What to mention
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Content validity Construct validity Face validity Test reliability Scorer reliability Practicality Backwash
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Talk about… Transformation
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Used for testing grammatical structures. Negative: May test IQ rather than language. There may be several correct answers. Can lead to unnatural sentences.
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Talk about… Matching tasks
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Negative: If learners get one wrong they may get more wrong. It’s possible to guess answers. Learners may understand a word but not the definition.
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Talk about… Gap filling
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Positive: Good for testing a variety of language (i.e.: lexis and different verb forms). Negative: There may be lots of possible answers.
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Talk about… Cloze tests
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Positive: Can test a lot of different language areas simultaneously. Negative: There may be lots of possible answers. May test IQ rather than language.
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Talk about… Jumbled sentences
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Positive: Good for testing structures where word order is a problem.
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Talk about… Error spotting (editing)
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Positive: Replicates a real life task which is also an important learning strategy. Students need awareness of the kinds of errors they are looking for.
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Talk about… Skeleton sentences
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Positive: Useful for focusing on grammatical accuracy
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Talk about… Joining sentences
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Positive: Useful for focusing on items such as linkers and linking words.
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Talk about… Multiple choice
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Positive: Can be used for collocations, gerunds and infinitives, lexis, tenses… Offers excellent scorer reliability Is objective; only tests recognition Negative: Students can guess the correct answer Difficult tests to write
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Talk about… Odd one out
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Negative: Students may have different criteria for what constitutes \”oddness\”.
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Talk about… Writing Questions for Answers
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Positive: Good for focusing on questions. Negative: There may be more than one possible answer.
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Name and describe five types of test
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Formative/progress test: administered during a course. Summative/achievement test: administered at the end of a course Diagnostic test: administered at the beginning of a course and more finely tuned than a placement test. Proficiency test: focuses on what a learner is capable of, regardless of what level they are. Entry/placement test: administered to find out what a learner’s level is.

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