Evaluating ELF Students’ Speaking Skill at Tertiary Level

Authors

  • Dr. Fadiel Mohammed Musa

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijohmn.v7i3.229

Keywords:

Analytic Rubrics, Assessment, Coherence, Holistic Rubrics, Fluency

Abstract

This study was conducted at a Sudanese university in 2021 at the end of the semester to find out the areas caused problems of speech production. The research paper seeks to answer the question: What area/s of speaking is problematic to students? Fortysix undergraduate students in first year, who were majored in the English programme involved in the test. The total population was hundred students. Analytic rubrics were used for collecting data. Tuan (2014, p. 2) states that analytic rubric“… accesses the examinee’s specific strengths and weaknesses and identifies the particular components of speaking discourse that an examinee needs to develop”. Five explicit criteria were used to test participants; i.e.: grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, cohesion and fluency. The test was conducted by two instructors who gave appropriate marks under each of five rubrics (Table 1 below). The test contents comprised some pictures and topics to speak about. Bar charts were utilized to compare and measure marks obtained by students in analytic rubrics, where each rubric was measured individually. The results revealed that students were weak in all five areas (grammar, vocabulary, punctuation, cohesion and fluency).The highest marks were gained in pronunciation, count 25%, while the lowest marks were obtained in vocabulary, 15% from the total mark allocated for this item. The results conveyed that, this group of participants was weak in all aspects that needed for speech production compared with their level (2nd year undergraduates).

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Author Biography

Dr. Fadiel Mohammed Musa

Assistant Professor

Department of English Language

Nahda College

Omdurman, Khartoum, Sudan

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Published

28-06-2021

How to Cite

Musa, D. F. M. . (2021). Evaluating ELF Students’ Speaking Skill at Tertiary Level. International Journal Online of Humanities, 7(3), 19–29. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijohmn.v7i3.229

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