An alternative to the traditional interview test: The observed pair interview

Article appearing in Shiken 20.2 (November, 2016) pp. 25-43.

Author: Armando Duarte
University of Southern California

This paper will report on a performance-based assessment which was performed in a public junior high school setting in west Japan. After researching some of the difficulties in implementing performance-based speaking assessments, the author devised an alternatively formatted assessment for a small group of students. The target group of students, assessment placement in curriculum, assessment design, rubric and scoring, and limitations will be discussed.

Keywords: speaking, performance-based, alternative

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