Tag Archives: Exams

Speaking IV Midterm Exam

14 Apr

Task: Create a TV News Program

Date: Monday, April 16 2012

Time: No preparation is needed before class. 20-25 minutes to prepare. Each group should speak for at least 5 minutes.

Rules: A small script is allowed, but reading is not allowed. If you read your notes, I will ask to take those notes away. Also, all group members must speak equally.

Groups: 3-4 people. I will choose randomly who will present first, second, etc.

Part 1: On the day of the exam, I will give each group 2 news headlines. Your group will be responsible for giving news reports based on the headlines. If you are unfamiliar with the news story, then you may make up your own facts. This will test your informational speaking abilities. You should present only facts, not opinions. Remember to organize your news with an introduction, middle, and conclusion. Transition words should also be included.

Part 2: On the day of the exam, I will also give each group 1 product. Your group will be responsible for creating a short commercial to promote that product. This will test your persuasive speaking abilities. You should use different kinds of appeals to get the audience to buy your product.

Order: The news program should be organized like this:

  1. News Report #1
  2. Commercial Break
  3. News Report #2


20%: Group Performance Grade (based on the overall success of the performance, focused mainly on content, organization, etc.)

80%: Personal Speaking Ability (content, fluency, expression, grammar, etc.)


**I apologize for posting this so late. If you have any concerns or questions, please SMS me.


Speaking I Announcements

31 Dec

· CANCELLED CLASS: There will be no class on Monday, January 2nd. Please use this time to film your movies for the final examination.

· FINAL EXAMINATION: Wednesday, January 11th

o Class B: 7:00-8:40

o Class C: 8:40-10:20

o Class A: 10:20-12:00

o Class D 12:30-2:10

o Class E 2:10-3:50


· LOCATION: LAB 2 (I will inform you if this changes.)

· REMINDER: Copies of your film and final scripts are due on that day. After we watch the films as a class, I will have each person individually give their 1-2 minute movie review.

Speaking III Final Exam

31 Dec

Due to scheduling conflicts, we will be having a separate debate competition from Bu Susi and Bu Fitri’s classes.

· DATE: Preliminary Rounds- Monday, January 9th

o Class A: 7:00-9:00

o Class C: 9:30-11:30

o Class B: 12:00-2:00

o Class D: 2:30-4:30

DATE: Final Round- Tuesday, January 10th 8:00-10:00 am

o TBA (To Be Announced): The 4 winning teams (1 per class) will compete in this round.


· FORMAT: Asian Parliamentary


· LENGTH OF SPEECHES: 4 minute speeches with a 2 minute reply

o Warning: Those who speak for fewer than 2 minutes will receive a failing grade.


· TEAMS: You may choose your own 3 person teams. You must email the names of your team members by Wednesday, January 4th. If you cannot find a team, please SMS (081228105955) or email (rachelwisthuff@gmail.com) me ASAP.


· MOTION: Each class will have a different motion that will be posted 30 minutes before the debate begins.


· POI: Every person will be expected to give at least 1 point of information. POI’s should be no longer than 15 seconds.


· REQUIREMENTS: While notes are allowed, no person shall be allowed to read his/her notes.

o Warning: Those who read from their notes will receive a failing grade.



o Manner: Such things as volume, clarity, presentation, and body contact (40%)

o Matter: Such things as arguments, rebuttals, definitions, and evidence (40%)

o Method: Organization of one’s team and fulfilling one’s role in the debate (20%)


· PREPARATION: Please refer to these websites for guidelines to Asian Parliamentary Debate


o http://parliamentarydebate.blogspot.com/2007/08/asian-parliamentary-debate.html

o http://www.iium.edu.my/spice/ComprehensiveAdjudicationGuide.doc

*Reminder: The UMS English Blogspot should have the handbooks for debate posted.

Speaking I Final Exam

23 Dec


Speaking I Final Examination

Lecturer: Rachel Wisthuff

Part I: Film

Directions: In groups of 5-6 people, you will make a 10-12 minute film. The film should be at least 80% dialogue and should be filmed all around campus and all over Solo. Every person should have about the same number of lines to memorize. You should write your own script and turn in a final copy of the typed script to me on the day of the final examination. Also on the day of the final exam, we will watch the films together as a class.

Concept: Some of you are new tourists in Solo. You are traveling around the city, visiting lots of new places and meeting lots of new people. Because this is your first time in Solo, you also need lots of help and advice. You need to ask for directions, about train/bus/plane schedules, for reviews of restaurants, tourist destinations, etc. You also want to introduce yourself to many new people to learn about Solo from the “locals.”


    • 2-3 tourists
    • 3-4 Solo residents [Example: tour guides, sellers, becek drivers, etc.]


Your film must include phrases/dialogue that we practiced in class. The film must include:

· Characters introducing themselves

· Characters asking “WH-?” questions

· Characters asking for help

· Characters giving advice

· Characters expressing opinions

· Characters giving reviews

· Characters talking about past and future plans

· Characters describing their environment

· Characters expressing emotions

· Adverbs of frequency, modal verbs, and prepositions of place


You can find notes about all of these topics on learningenglishsolo.wordpress.com

You may also email me a rough draft copy of the script by next Friday, December 30th which I will correct and return.

Grading Criteria:

Requirements (60%):

A- All requirements fulfilled

B- Most requirements fulfilled

C- Some requirements fulfilled

D- A few requirements fulfilled

E- No requirements fulfilled

Creativity (20%):

  • Dialogue should be interesting, natural-sounding, and fluid
  • Film should have a story with a beginning, middle, and end
  • Props, costumes, various locations, sound effects are encouraged

Grammar (15%):

A- Perfect

B- Good

C- Average

D- Poor

E- Unintelligible

Pronunciation (5%)

Part II: Movie Review

Directions: After watching all the films, I will ask each student to individually give me a 1-2 minute review of one of the movies. These reviews will also take place during the day of the final examination. This is not a dialogue so you (not I) must speak for the full 1-2 minutes. In your review, you can:

  • Describe the movie, characters, scenery, etc.
  • Talk about what you loved, liked, disliked, or hated
  • Express your opinions
  • Compare the film to other films

Grading Criteria:

  • Grammar- 30%
  • Fluency- 30%
  • Time Length- 10%
  • Vocabulary- 10%
  • Creativity- 20%

Speaking III Midterm Topics

29 Oct

As promised, here are some topics that could will likely appear as motions on the midterm exam:

  • Divorce
  • Internet Downloading
  • Ban on Smoking                                                                           
  • Animal Testing
  • Ban on Bottled Water               
  • English as an Indonesian national language
  • “One Child” Policy in Indonesia
  • Pornography
  • Free Health Care
  • Gun Control                                                                       
  • Ban on Cellphones in School    

Speaking 3 Exam Directions

28 Oct

Speaking III Midterm Test

Sections A/B/C/D

Format: Direct Motions/Spontaneous Arguments

Students will pick a motion at random. No more than 2 students will have the same motion. Each student will be given 30 seconds to prepare after the motion has been given. After 30 seconds, if the student does not begin speaking, points will be deducted. Students may choose whether to argue the affirmative/government position or negative/opposition position.

Time Frame:

0:00-0:30 seconds Preparation Time

0:30-2:30 seconds Mandatory 2 Minutes Speaking

2:30-3:30 seconds Bonus Speaking Time

Students who speak for the full 2 minutes will receive a passing grade, while students who speak for 3 minutes will receive extra points. NO student will be allowed to speak over the 3 minute mark.


No written notes will be allowed. If a student reads a written argument, points will be deducted. Responses should be unprepared and unrehearsed.

Because of time limitations, it will be unnecessary to define the terms of the motion. Instead, concentrate on developing the best argument.

Students should pick EITHER the government or opposition position. However, if a student runs out of things to say about one position, it is better to continue speaking and switch sides than stop speaking.

No speaking from the rest of the class will be allowed. If students are caught speaking, they will not be able to take the midterm.

Grading Rubric:

Argument 40%

    • Reasoning 20%
    • Evidence 10%
    • Organization 10%

Presentation 25%

Length of Argument 15%

Grammar 15%

Pronunciation 5%

Speaking I Midterm Test

25 Oct

Hi Speaking I students! First of all, I want to tell you how proud I am at your progress so far. I feel that every one of you has improved over these past 6 weeks. The midterm test is the best opportunity for you to display just how much you have learned.

I know tests can be stressful. (After all, I was taking midterms and final exams just this past May.) But, do NOT feel nervous! Just study the materials listed below, and all of you will pass the test with flying colors!!!!!

Part I

Using the book, Communicating in English by Walter Matreyek, I want you to copy the pages 2 through 8, 21-28, and 37-38. (Available at the Copy Center by the café.) Pay especially close attention to the suggested activities on pages 8, 25, and 38. During the test, I will pick one of these activities or scenarios, and ask you to do that role play with me. For help, look back at our lesson on conversations, greetings (Hi), and farewells (Bye). Remember that what you say in a conversation depends upon who is there and where you are speaking.

Part II

For the next part, I want you to read and study the 2 stories below. Both stories are about accidents. On the test, I will ask you questions like, “Who was hurt?” “What happened?” “Where were they?” Be prepared to answer other questions as well. For help, think back to the exercise we did in class where one partner was the police officer and the other was the witness.

Accident #1

Hanif, an 8 year old boy, was riding his bike home after school. When he came to a busy intersection, he got off of his bike to walk across the street. As he was waiting for the traffic light to change, a motorcycle came speeding around the corner. The motorcycle driver was going too fast and hit Hanif. Hanif fell down and his leg started bleeding. Lots of people rushed over to help Hanif including the driver. The driver, a young pretty woman, quickly called for an ambulance. Hanif was very brave and did not cry. After the doctors took care of his leg at the hospital, he was able to go home.

Accident #2

Yohana and her husband were painting their house one sunny, cool day. They had to use a ladder in order to reach the top of the house. When Yohana needed more paint, she called to her husband to hand the paint can to her, but the paint was too heavy. Yohana lost her balance and fell off of the ladder. She cried in pain because her arm was broken. Her husband comforted her while her neighbor pulled his car out of the garage to take her to the hospital. Yohana had to stay in the hospital overnight, but after the doctors gave her medicine, she felt much better.

Part III

For this part, I will give you the name of a familiar object and you must describe this object using at least 5 complete sentence. (I will take off points if sentences are incomplete.) For help, look at the blog post before this and review your notes about what adjectives you can use to describe objects/things.

Part IV

For this final part, I will ask you a couple of questions related to learning and speaking English. For example, I might ask you, “In your opinion, what is the hardest part about speaking English?” or “What can you do to practice speaking English, besides coming to Speaking I class?”

***Remember: There are no right or wrong answers. Just think ahead of time about your strengths and weaknesses, and what you can do to improve.

If you have any questions, you can email me rachelwisthuff@gmail.com or SMS me 082133604058.