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Example: Using a wordless book to test your speaking proficiency

 

Introduction
 

You can test your speaking proficiency by telling a story from a picture book where almost all of the events are depicted, but which has no words.

 
Tip:

These books can sometimes be acquired in children's bookstores.

Guidelines
  Here are some guidelines to follow when you test your speaking proficiency using a wordless book:
 
  • Use this technique when you think you are at Intermediate level or above.
  • You can use the same book more than once, but do not look at it between tests.
  • Use a book that fits the culture of the language you are learning.
Things to do
  Here are the things to do to when you use a wordless book to test your speaking proficiency.
 
  • You decide to do storytelling and choose or make a storybook with pictures but no words.
  • Record your version of the story as you look at the pages with a language associate.
  • Listen to the recording, then reread the description of the different levels of speaking proficiency in the ACTFL guidelines.
  • Decide as honestly as possible which level of the guidelines your performance matches.

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