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UJ Assessment Criteria 2010

Assessment Criteria


Oral Presentations*


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.

Presentation Plan:

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)

Analytical Criteria:

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.


4 Responses

  1. Justyna French Accent says:

    Thank you for posting these criteria here on the blog.
    It is very useful to have them at hand.

  2. Mr A says:

    especially in a place where I can’t lose them 🙂

  3. Laska says:

    it’s a pity that I have had my presentation already. However there is the exam ahead. Thx

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