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Trinity test before year-end

Assessment CDs for speaking and listening skills of CBSE school students will be sent to Trinity College, London, by the end of this year.

The CBSE has tied up with the reputable London college, an established name in English language assessment and in conceptualising and designing international level proficiency.

Glenda Galstaun, principal of St Dominic Savio’s High School, said: “Taking cognisance of the comfort level of students, it has been decided to assess students formally in speaking and listening skills in classes IX and XI from 2012 onwards. A plan, CBSE-Trinity-ASL Project (CTAP) 2013–2018, is in force at CBSE-affiliated schools across the country.”

Monica Menon, English teacher at the school who represented Class IX at a two-day-seminar held at Loyola High School on November 20, said: “The two-day seminar intended to train the teachers of classes IX and XI on ASL — Assessment of Speaking and Learning skills. It was conducted by two resource persons from the CBSE. The purpose was to have a standardised evaluation of the assessments, the marks of which would be added to the Summative Assessment-II. It would carry 20 marks applicable from the academic session 2013-14.”

Earlier, only Class IX was involved in the assessment but now classes X and XI would also be assessed.

Monica added: “The grading (IX and X) or the marking (Class XI) would now be done on the pattern or parameters decided by Trinity College and the CBSE together. The students after taking Class XI examination would get certificates from Trinity College, London. For example, the grading would include the best as C2 and the lowest as A1. So, a child performing his best in the speaking and listening assessment would get C2 as the grade.”

For this, the schools have to send the recordings of speaking and listening skills of the students after conducting all the assessments by December 15.

The audio track for listening assessment and the topics for speaking assessments would be sent by the board. Monica said: “The evaluation process has also been changed. Parameters like interactive competence, fluency, pronunciation, language accuracy and range have to be stressed upon.”