Name _____________________________________________________                        Date______________ Conversation in English / Professor: Clare Marie Roche                                                                     

 

PARCIAL 4 – World News

Exam Date – ______________________

Task:  In pairs, invent and present a story as though you were broadcasting it on a T.V news channel.  The story can be related to any of the topics that we have discussed in our class.  In addition, you may include commercials, sports or the weather news in between your stories.

Oral Presentation:  At least 10 minutes long.

RUBRIC:  The rubric below outlines how you will be graded.

Category 10-9 8-7 6-5 4-3
Content, Vocabulary and Grammar Covers an entire story in depth.

Uses specific topic related vocabulary.

Covers and entire story, but lacks in-depth coverage.

Uses some specific topic related vocabulary.

Covers most of the story, but lacks in-depth coverage.

Sparingly uses topic related vocabulary.  Most of the time relays ideas by circumlocution.

Just gives gist of the story.

Uses basic vocabulary and almost always communicates ideas by circumlocution.

Fluidity /  Entertaining Feels like you are watching live T.V news.  I´m totally hooked. Feels like you are watching live T.V news.  But I´m might want to change the channel. Feels like you are listening to a boring speech.  I´m going to fall asleep. I´d much rather be listening to something else.
Preparedness Student is completely prepared and does not use any notes to guide him/her Student seems pretty prepared but looks at notes every now and then. The student is somewhat prepared, and uses notes more than necessary. Student does not at all seem prepared to present.
Comprehension Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces 1-3 words. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than 4-5 words. Often mumbles or cannot be understood or mispronounces more than 5 words.
Time-limit Presentation is at least 10 minutes long. Presentation is 9 minutes long. Presentation is 8 minutes long. Presentation is 7 minutes or less.

 

Conversation in English / Mtra. Clare Marie Roche

PARCIAL 3 – Futuristic World

Exam – This month there will be both a written and an oral exam.

Task: Written assignment 350 words minimum. Make predictions about the state of the world at the end of the 21st century.  Choose 1 of the topics below to discuss in depth.

1) Work and Technology

–          Will people still be working an average 40 hours a week?  How will it change?

–          Will the majority of people be working from home?  What kind of work will they be able to do from home?

–          Will there be more or less employment?  What new technologies will be developed?

–          Will some new forms of communication have taken over?  What will they be?

–          What other changes will there be?

2) Health and Society

–          Will people be living longer?  If yes, how much longer?  Will we have found the secret to eternal life?

–          Will we have found cures for cancer and other life-threatening diseases?  What other health problems will have arisen?

–          Will society become more violent and dangerous?

–          Will people become less sociable?  Will it become more difficult to meet new people?

–          Will the family unit still exist?

–          What other changes will take place?

3) Spare Time and Vacation

–          What will people be doing in their spare time?  Will they have more or less spare time?

–          Will they still be doing the kinds of leisure activities we do today?

–          Will there be new kinds of sports or hobbies?

–          Will we be able to go on virtual vacations without leaving our homes?

–          What other changes do you envisages?

 

Oral Presentation: At least 7 minutes long. Please choose a different topic for your oral presentation.

 

RUBRIC: The rubric below outlines how you will be graded.

Category 8-7 6-5 4-3 2-1
Content Answers all or most of the questions related to the topic, and elaborates with specific details. Answers some of the questions, and elaborates with specific details. Answers some of the questions related to the topic, but does not always elaborate with specific details. Only answers all or some of the questions without ever elaborating.
Vocabulary and Grammar Uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic and demonstrates correct use “will” and discourse markers. Uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic but does not always correctly use “will” and discourse markers. Uses appropriate vocabulary for the most part, but minimal use of “will” and discourse markers. Uses basic vocabulary, not always pertinent to the topic.  No use of any of the grammar points discussed in class.
Preparedness Student is completely prepared and does not use any notes to guide him/her Student seems pretty prepared but looks at notes every now and then. The student is somewhat prepared, and uses notes more than necessary.

 

Student does not at all seem prepared to present.
Comprehension Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces 1-3 words. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than 4-5 words. Often mumbles or cannot be understood or mispronounces more than 5 words.
Time-limit Presentation is 7 minutes long. Presentation is 6 minutes long. Presentation is 5 minutes long. Presentation is 4 minutes or less.

 

Name _____________________________________________________            Date __________________ Conversation in English / Professor: Clare Marie Roche                                                                                 

 

PARCIAL 2 – VISIT TO A CITY

Exam Date – _________________

Task:  You are going to describe a visit to a city that made an impression on you.  In your presentation, answer as many relevant questions as possible from the list below.  Think about what you are going to say and what language you will use.

Questions:

q  When did you first visit the city?  Have you visited it since then or more than once?  If so, when was the last time you were there?

q  What was your overall impression of the place?  Is there any one particular image that sticks in your mind?  How would you describe the general atmosphere of the city?

q  Why did you go there?  On vacation? For work?  To study?  Was it your decision or did you go on a trip with friends or your family?

q  How long did you stay?  Where did you stay?  What were the people like?  What was the weather like?

q  What did you do?  The usual touristy things?  How did you travel through the city?

q  Would you like to go back?  Have you made plans to go back?  Would you recommend it to the class?

q  Anything else that you can think of or would like to mention

 

OutlineOn the day of your exam, along with this rubric, I would like you to turn in an outline highlighting the main points of your oral presentation. There will not be a written exam this month.

 

Oral Presentation:  At least 7 minutes long detailed

RUBRIC:  The rubric below outlines how you will be graded.

Category 8-7 6-5 4-3 2-1

Written Outline

Turns in a detailed outline.     Turns in a rough outline
Content, Vocabulary and Grammar Covers all relevant information.

Uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic.

Demonstrates correct use of grammar in complete sentences.

Covers most of the relevant information.

Uses vocabulary appropriate for the topic.

Demonstrates correct use of grammar in complete sentences most of the time.

Covers some of the relevant information.

Uses appropriate vocabulary for the most part.

Demonstrates correct use of grammar in complete sentences some of the time.

Covers minimal information. 

Uses basic vocabulary, not always pertinent to the topic. 

Lacks adequate grammar knowledge; speaks mostly in fragments.

Preparedness Student is completely prepared.  Maintains a steady pace throughout the entire presentation. Student seems mostly pretty prepared. The student is somewhat prepared.  Lots of wait time in between thoughts. Student does not at all seem prepared to present.
Comprehension Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, and mispronounces no words. Speaks clearly and distinctly all (100-95%) the time, but mispronounces 1-3 words. Speaks clearly and distinctly most (94-85%) of the time. Mispronounces no more than 4-5 words. Often mumbles or cannot be understood or mispronounces more than 5 words.
Time-limit Presentation is 7 minutes long. Presentation is 6 minutes long. Presentation is 5 minutes long. Presentation is 4 minutes or less.

 

First of all let me let me welcome you back. I hope that all of you enjoyed your vacations. We will be working on improving your conversational abilities and having a brief introduction to the TOEFL exam this semester and I hope that you will contribute to making this class fun as well as educational.

See you soon,

Clare