[Assessment 1110] Re: Observation checklist

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Marie Cora marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
Tue Feb 5 14:42:06 EST 2008

Hi Ted,

Thanks for this. This is a great list - did you generate it yourself?

I guess I have a bunch of questions for you about it:

How do you use it? As a general guide, or do you deliberately try to
address each item? Are you the only one who uses this, or do others you
work with?

Do you find that if you adhere to these principles, that the students


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Subject: [Assessment 1105] Re: No Questions or Comments?!


In the long run, this may be all that I know.



1. Were there 10 or fewer students in the class?

2. Was the classroom comfortable in terms of
environment and learning atmosphere?

3. Did the instructor have a pleasant and
supportive personality?

4. Were the lessons communication centered,
rather than informational, most of the time?

5. Was the instructor a native-speaker or
near native-speaker of the target language?

6. Was the target language used as a medium
of instruction all or most of the time?

7. Did the students do most of the communication,
rather than the instructor?

8. Did the instructor maintain control of the class
in a non-threatening manner?

9. Did members of the class seem compatible with each
other and the instructor?

10. Did the students seem closely matched in their
target language proficiency?

11. Did all of the students participate?

12. Were students enthusiastic?

13. Did the instructor use a variety of techniques
to elicit communication activities?

14. Did the instructor assist students, rather
than push them?

15. Did the instructor use normal, rather than
exaggerated speech?

16. Were training aids used to enhance or reinforce

17. Were new learning objectives reinforced adequately?

18. Was correction applied moderately and positively
so that it wouldn't inhibit communication?

19. Was there a balance of language skills (listening,
speaking, reading and writing?)

20. Were students dealt with appropriately for their
ages? (e.g. adults treated like adults).

---- Original Message -----
From: Marie Cora <mailto:marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com>
To: Assessment at nifl.gov
Sent: Monday, February 04, 2008 5:50 PM
Subject: [Assessment 1103] No Questions or Comments?!

Hello everyone,

I'm so surprised! No one has anything to comment on regarding your
program's effectiveness at helping ESL students advance?? I was very
curious to know if subscribers experience the same types of issues that
Dr. Chisman and Dr. Crandall found in their research: a lack of
intensity of instruction/few protocols for transitioning students/few
opportunities for professional development.

What are the issues in your program that you feel inhibit the ESL
student from advancing? What do you try to do about that?

Please post your questions and comments now.


Marie Cora
Assessment Discussion List Moderator

Marie Cora
<mailto:marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com> marie.cora at hotspurpartners.com
NIFL Assessment Discussion List Moderator


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