assessing an assessment model
Below is an example of a project you can use with students to assess their language skills. Read through the project tabs and write a reflection on how you might employ this in your own teaching. What ideas do you have for conducting assessments of student learning now?
Professional Goals Project Introduction
For this project, you'll imagine that you are evaluating a candidate for a job. You will also play the role of job candidate. You'll practice comparing and contrasting credentials, talking about past experiences, and speaking in a professional manner. You'll use the grammar and vocabulary you've learned in Chapters 7 and 8 to do this.
Each committee will write a job description (for one of the jobs below) of approximately 150 words. Committee members will work together to complete this step. (Please specify the job title in the subject line when you post your description.)
- Bank teller
- Reporter for a local newspaper
- Language instructor
- Video game developer
- Travel agent
- Hotel receptionist
- Working together, prepare six questions in Spanish for the position. At least two of the questions should include the use of the past tense to ask about past experiences, including successes and challenges (desafíos). In addition to your questions, you should be prepared to ask your candidates why they believe they are qualified for the position: ¿Por qué cree que usted es el mejor candidato para este puesto?
Once you are done, submit the questions you created for the position you chose.
Reply to the job description of your choice with a 1-page personal introduction where you summarize why you feel you are qualified. Make sure to describe your past experience and your skills.
You will write a 1- 1 ½ page résumé. Please use the résumé template provided. You may write your actual qualifications and previous work experience or, for the purpose of this project, you may choose to embellish or enhance your credentials for the job for which you will be applying. You will send a copy of your résumé to the committee offering the job of your choice. Attach your résumé to your submission. However, this is on a first-come-first-served basis. Committees can only accept the first 5 candidates that apply for the job. If you see that five students have already submitted their résumés for a particular job, then you will need to send your résumé to a different committee.
Each committee member will do a critique of one applicant’s résumé prior to the interview. The résumé review form is provided in this document.
Name of applicant:
Although you will be reading all of your applicants’ résumés, you will review one in more depth and complete the following critique. Make sure that your responses are constructive.
- ¿Es el contendido del currículum (résumé) fácil de leer y comprender? ¿Por qué, o por qué no?
- ¿Qué hizo el candidato (experiencia pasada) para estar preparado para este puesto?
- ¿Es profesional el formato del currículum? ¿Es apropiado para el puesto (job position)?
- ¿Qué podría hacer el candidato para mejorar su currículum?
- ¿Qué hace que este candidato sea mejor/peor que los demás?
- As an interviewer, you will ask the candidate the six questions (2 per committee member) that you created in the previous step. He/she will answer them in complete sentences and you can take notes.
- Leave some time for the candidate to ask you questions about the job and be prepared to answer them based on the job description that you wrote.
- After the interview, decide if you will offer the job to the candidate and prepare to explain why or why not.
Submit the recording of your interview.
The time has come for the dreaded job interview. A committee will interview you for the post that you applied for. Listen to their questions carefully (and ask for clarifications if necessary) and respond based on the information that you included in your CV and letter of intent. Make sure to ask some questions about the job at the end of your interview.
Submit the video recording of the interview.
For your own workshop
Set a deadline to read through and reflect on the “Professional Goals Project” individually. Set up a video conference meeting. Divide into small groups of three of four participants. In your small groups discuss your reflections on the “Professional Goals Project.” Use a collaborative tool like google docs or Padlet to document your discussion. What constructive criticism do you have of the project? What projects do you use for assessment or what new projects would you like to develop? Take the time in your small group to note the steps and build a framework for assessments in an online class.