10′ – presentation of a topic related to one of the students’ subjects of studies
5 -10′ – discussion based on the presentation
Note: The examiner/ teacher may choose to ask the presenter further questions after the allotted minutes.
Students are required to bring in a plan of the presentation, with references included.
It is also advisable that the students prepare their own questions and/or topics for discussion.
minimum 40 pages of texts in English for C1-level students
minimum 30 pages of texts in English for B2-level students
minimum 20 pages of texts in English for B1-level students
Optional: Students may choose to use additional materials during their delivery (handouts, PowerPoint presentations, pictures, slides, maps, diagrams, etc)
1. Grammar & Vocabulary 25 %
Range: the active use of a range of grammatical forms and vocabulary
Accuracy: the accurate use of grammatical forms and syntax
Appropriacy: the appropriate use of vocabulary to deal with the tasks.
2. Discourse Management 25%
Coherence: the logical arrangement of utterances to form spoken discourse and to develop arguments or themes
Extent: the appropriate length of the presenter’s contribution to develop the discourse
Relevance: the relevance of the presenter’s contribution to the topic chosen
3. Pronunciation 25%
Stress & Rhythm: the appropriate use of strong and weak syllables in words and connected speech, the linking of words and the effective highlighting of information-bearing words in utterances
Intonation: the use of a sufficiently wide pitch range and the appropriate use of intonation to convey intended meaning
Individual Sounds: the effective articulation of individual sounds to facilitate understanding
4. Interactive communication 25%
Initiating and responding: the ability to develop the interaction by initiating and responding appropriately
Hesitation: the ability to participate in the development of the interaction without undue hesitation
Turn-taking: the sensitivity to listen, speak, and allow others to speak, as appropriate.
*I applied the above criteria when I evaluated my Jagiellonian University students‘ presentations during the second semester of the academic year 2009-2010 and during the June exam session of the same year.