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The testing and evaluation systems used in the English Language courses depend largely on testing and evaluating the participant's ability in listening. More than (50%) of the questions in both, the book quizzes and the (ECLs), are listening questions. Tests which are based on listening questions constitute a challenge to the students' ability and to their competence, therefore, passing such tests would really require good language skills.

There is no doubt that tests which rely on listening skills are highly accurate as far as measuring student's language skills. They are also considered highly authentic in pinpointing the student's language level as they reveal the student's ability to participate, interact and respond accordingly. Student's good level in the language particularly in listening skills, would certainly enable him to choose the correct answer depending on his understanding of the audio recorded questions.  

The course itself with its various materials not only helps the students in understanding the material explained , but also it builds up student's ability and skills in comprehending and understanding the listening materials , which in turn indicate that the whole course is designed to strengthen and reinforce the student's ability in both understanding and speaking and here are some indicators:

 

 The syllabus of the course consists of a series of books that are closely and sequentially connected and interrelated and all of these books are designed to progressively develop student's basic skills in the areas of listening, writing, speaking and reading. There are (28) books in the course, where half of them is designed for class room instruction and the other half is for language laboratory listening activities which are essential components of the course. The class room instruction books contain various topics, informative paragraphs, grammar items and countless number of vocabulary and expressions, on which all of them would enrich student's language skills. The outcome of the English Language course, during which there is a great emphasis in developing listening and understanding skills, have always been successful and have created noticeably qualified individuals with relatively satisfying language levels.

 

The course includes (224) audio CDs, each of which has 25 minutes of audio recorded materials relevant to the syllabus materials, and aims at strengthening student's skills in comprehension and speaking as well correcting mispronunciation.

 

The teaching methodologies adopted in the course are rather communicative and interactive. They all focus and concentrate on the main four skills without disregarding any of them. These methodologies do ignore insinuation, maintain a state of vigilance from the side of students in order to be ready to act and interact with the teacher inside the class room.

 

Below are the most dominant evaluating exams and quizzes carried out at the Language Center particularly those participating in the English Language courses:

 

 Book Quizzes

 

Book quizzes measures student mastery of topics objectives contained in each book and are administered upon completion of each book. They are direct quizzes and they focus and check the objectives of the materials and information presented in the books and how far students acquired them during class room instruction. Book quizzes are two-part quizzes: listening and reading.

 

The books (syllabus) are intended to upgrade and elevate student's ability in language skills generally and gradually as he proceeds in the book successively, and therefore, it is expected that by the end of the last book, (24), student will have acquired much knowledge in English and learned wide range of vocabulary in addition to grammar even the advanced one. The student's result and well performance in book quizzes will enable him to deal with the (ECL) examination successfully as the ECL is considered to be relatively more difficult and more challenging than book quizzes.

 

 

 

(ECL) English  Comprehension Level

This kind of language examinations are structurally connected with the American Language Course (ALC). Yet, it can be used to measure and evaluate student's language skills even if they have not studied the ALC materials. The ECL examination consists of two main sections:

Listening Part:

This part constitutes approximately (50% -60%) of the total number of questions in the exam. The exam tests and evaluates the student's ability in understanding and listening. The questions vary and range between real-life situational dialogues, and statements recorded in a normal native rhythm. The test can measure student's ability to respond suitably to the questions and be able to choose the correct choice depending on their understanding to the context.

 Written Part:

This part includes questions that measure the student's ability in understanding the written context and select the best answer for each question based on his perception to the text. The questions in the written part are normally less in number than the questions in the listening part.

Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI)

The (OPI), which is conducted at the end of the course for all students, is considered one of the measuring tools for checking and evaluating the quality of training and teaching. Students are interviewed by an appointed committee to test their language acquisition through an oral interaction real- life language speaking situation. Students are required to respond suitably and appropriately to the committee's questions and be able to show how far their language has developed during the course. The OPI is not only an updated and modern measuring tool, but, it is also unfamiliar and uncustomary way of evaluation language skills as far as other evaluating methods are concerned.    


























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