- Students should be able to comprehend a variety of dialogues and samples of academic lectures at an intermediate level.
- Students should be able to communicative effectively by using standard pronunciation, correct syllable and sentence stress, and appropriate vocabulary at an intermediate level.
GLENDALE COMMUNITY COLLEGE
COURSE ASSESSMENT REPORT
SEMESTER/YEAR ___Spring 2009
COURSE TITLE: __ESL 135__Listening and Speaking_III_______
PARTICIPANTS (min.2): Cheryl Andersen, Glenn Gardner
COURSE-LEVEL SLO(s) ASSESSED THIS SEMESTER:
1. Students should be able to comprehend a variety of dialogues and samples of academic lectures at an intermediate level.
2. Students should be able to communicate effectively by using standard pronunciation, correct syllable and sentence stress, and appropriate vocabulary at an intermediate level.
METHODS OF ASSESSMENT:
Both SLOs were assessed by reviewing the results of four (4) class sets of a level 3 common final exam that was given during the spring ’09 semester. The 81 exams came from morning, afternoon, evening, and Saturday classes. These classes were taught by both full-time and part-time instructors.
SLO #1 specifically was addressed by choosing two comprehension questions to examine. For the question based on a short academic lecture, it was found that 75% of the students answered the factual question correctly. For the recorded radio interview, only 61% of the students answered the inference question correctly.
SLO #2 specifically was addressed by choosing one of four sections that attempt to measure pronunciation. The items analyzed whether students could decode the incoming language in terms of intonation of six (6) short sentences in a dialogue. Students were asked to indicate whether the ending of each line was rising or falling. For this section of the exam the student accuracy was 68%.
ANALYSIS OF ASSESSMENT: What do these results tell you about your students' achievements on the targeted SLO(s)?
SLO #1: The results indicate that the academic lecture was at a suitable level for the students as the majority were able to respond correctly to the factual question. However, the results from the interview question indicated a lack of comprehension. Perhaps this interview was too challenging for the students, or perhaps the inference question assumes a higher level of understanding. Feedback from instructors indicated that students needed more time between items on the test in order to have sufficient to write their answers.
SLO#2: Since 70% mastery is considered satisfactory, the results indicate that this section of the exam concerning intonation was too difficult and/or too subtle for the students. It was noted that one item was problematic for the majority (75%) of the students. Absent this item, student accuracy was acceptable at 71%.
PLAN: Indicate whether your assessment results reveal a need for course improvement in order to improve student achievement, and what plans your department will make to do so.
1. Longer pauses will be inserted on the exam CD in order to ensure that students have ample time to write their answers.
2. It was decided that recognizing intonation patterns might be an area that instructors should emphasize more.
3. Students need more practice tests on information they have not heard previously in order to prepare for the final exam.
WHAT COURSE(s) WILL YOU ASSESS IN THE FOLLOWING SEMESTER (________________________)? You might re-assess for the same SLO(s) with the implementation of your new plan, and/or for another SLO and/or course.