Beginning High 4 - Assessment

Original Outline

City College of San Francisco     Course Outline of Record

Course Title: Beginning High 4    

Course Number:     ESLN 3400

VI. B. Evaluation

1. Appropriate responses to simple questions and requests (e.g. dialog completion, physical response directions and oral responses to questions)

2. Identification of details in familiar conversations and recordings

3. Ability to participate in common conversations

4. Relate basic needs and routines (e.g. complaints, daily schedule)

5. Ability to compose a short personal or business letter

6. An ESL Noncredit Department exit test is given to ESLN 3400 level students. It is coordinated by the Teachers’ Resource Center.

Proposed Outline

VI A Evaluation.   


a. Identify listening context (e.g. setting, register)

b. Identify details in conversations and recordings on familiar topics.

c. Respond to questions and requests (e.g. personal information, multiple-step instructions, clarification requests).

d. Participate in conversations using  appropriate vocabulary and grammar (e.g. personal information in past and present, housing, health, future goals)

e. Communicate basic needs, wants and routines (e.g. complaints, time off, work-related goals, daily activities)

2. Reading

a. Identify general topics in simplified reading material and short authentic reading materials (e.g. shopping ads, forms, schedules, narratives)

b. Demonstrate comprehension of details in simplified and authentic reading materials (e.g. answering 'wh' questions and 'yes/no' questions, navigating a building directory map, reading a prescription label)

c. Infer the meaning of new words by applying basic word analysis and vocabulary development skills.

3. Writing

a. Accurately fill out a form with personal information (e.g. DMV form, simple job application, medical form)

b. Write a 6 to 10 sentence paragraph, within a time limit, on a writing prompt (e.g. ‘A holiday in my native country’, ‘My first day in the U.S.’).

c. Write a short letter, note, or email (e.g. a thank-you letter, a letter to a family member).

4. Promotion Test - The ESL department administers promotion tests to level 4 students department wide, coordinated by the Teachers' Resource Center.

a. Level 4 Listening Test.

b. Level 4 Reading Test.

c. Level 4 Oral Interviews.

d. Level 4 Writing Test.


Outlines at every level have been changed to the following organization:

VI. B. Evaluation (No change)
1. Listening/Speaking
2. Reading
3. Writing

Original Outline VI. B. Sections changed:
1. changed to 1. c - "Appropriate responses" changed to "Respond appropriately" to match the imperative form and give consistency.  Examples are changed to give further and specificity and were chosen to reflect the lvl. 4 oral interviews.

2. changed to 1. b.  - Wording changed to give consistency. 

3 changed to 1. d. - wording changed to give consistency.  "common" was deleted and the more specific BH4 added. Example added, based on lvl. 4 oral interviews.

4. changed to 1. e. - wording changed to give consistency.  "Relate" changed to "communicate"  to match outlines at other levels.  Examples added

5. changed to 3. c. - minor changes to give consistency.  Examples added.

6. changed to 4 - no other changes.

Sections added:
1.a.  The subcommittee felt that "identification of details" wasn't enough listening assessment at this level and that a a new section is needed that adds the context of the listening.

2. The original outline had no reading objectives in the Evaluation Section, so all sections under 2. were added.

2.a.  Identifying general topics is required at lvl 3, and restating the general idea is required  at lvl. 5, so this is added to give consistency.

2.b.  detail comprehension is required in most of the questions in the level 4 promotion test.  Examples come from the test.

2.c. Reflects the major learning outcomes at this level.

Filling out a form is assessed at level 3 and added and expanded here to give consistency.

3.b. was added to accurately reflect both the ESLN 3400 Major Learning Outcomes ("produce sentences organized into short, loosely organized paragraphs") and the requirements of the Level 4 promotion/exit test. 

4. This section was added to better reflect the assessment in place.

The Major Learning Outcomes in the ESLN 3400 Outline which apply to the skills of listening and speaking (and are reflected in the proposed evaluation changes) are:

A. Demonstrate general understanding of spoken English from common topics in familiar contexts to participate in simple conversations.
B. Engage in simple conversations in a variety of common social situations.
F. Use Beginning High Level 4 language structures and forms.

The stated Major Learning Outcomes in the ESLN 3400 Outline which apply to the skill of reading are:
C. Determine the meaning of new words by applying basic word analysis and vocabulary development skills.
D. Recognize words in longer reading passages in familiar contexts