Evaluating Academic Oral Language Proficiency: Lessons from Testing and Beyond

2:45 - 4:00pm EDT
Presented at: WIDA 2016

This interactive session will focus on how to evaluate ELLs’ oral language proficiency in a K-12 school context. Building from how students’ oral language proficiency is evaluated on WIDA ACCESS for ELLs, participants will learn about key features of oral language that help differentiate between the proficiency levels defined in the WIDA Performance Definitions. Recognizing these key features of oral language is important not only in the testing context but also in the classroom.

The presenters will discuss several authentic samples of ELL spoken language and highlight the linguistic features that distinguish between the proficiency levels defined in the WIDA Performance Definitions. Participants will take away a better understanding of how to identify developing levels of oral language proficiency in a school context that may be applied to the classroom and potentially used to support the instruction of spoken language skills.