Use of Video as Stimulus in Assessing Oral skills in Mother Tongue Languages

Use of Video as Stimulus in Assessing Oral skills in Mother Tongue Languages

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Use of Video as Stimulus in Assessing Oral skills in Mother Tongue Languages

The Mother Tongue Language (MTL) curriculum of Singapore aims to nurture students into proficient language users who can communicate in a confident and meaningful manner in real-life situations in their MTL languages (Chinese, Malay or Tamil language). To make learning more engaging, information and communication technology, particularly, the use of videos and animations, is identified as a key enabler.This paper shares some key findings from a series of studies conducted on the use of video as stimulus in oral tasks for Grade 10 students in Singapore. Students’, general perceptions on the use of technology in oral test and their performance were examined. The use of video stimulus to test integrative listening and speaking skills was also explored. A post-test questionaire was administered to these students to gather more feedback on their experiences in taking the computer-based test involving the use of video as test stimulus. In general, students reported positive experiences in taking the oral test involving the use of video stimulus. They indicated that video, compared to still picture stimulus, provided a more engaging and authentic context for oral conversation and discussion.Keywords: oral tests, video as test stimulus, Mother Tongue Language

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