DALI Italian language exam evaluation – part three.

Another, more “synthetical”, proposal: to stick to some items of the ELP, the notorious “European Language Portfolio”

Under the entry “speaking” (which could match the oral part of our DALI exam), what ELP says is that a C1 level means a speaker who
“can express her/himself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social and professional purposes. Can formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate her/his contribution skillfully to those of other speakers.Can present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion”

According to that description, we could add (or substitute ?) in the evaluation scorecard for the examiners a series of questions like:

“Is the candidate able to express her/himself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions “?
“Is the candidate able to use the language flexibly and effectively, for social and professional purposes ?”
“Is the candidate able to formulate ideas and opinions with precision and relate her/his contribution skillfully to those of other speakers ?”
“Is the candidate able to present clear, detailed descriptions of complex subjects integrating sub-themes, developing particular points and rounding off with an appropriate conclusion ?”

With grades simply corresponding to

yes always
mostly
sometimes
no

Obviously, some exam parts shoudl be modified according to the need of testing the use of language in social or professional situations, etc., for example with appropriate role-playings, simulations, discussions etc.

I can imagine the main objection at the Workshop: yes, but in this way you are not (only) testing the language abilities of the candidate, but her/his social abilities, cultural knowledges, rethorical capacities… at the end of the day, it is not an exam about language, but about intelligence…
Yes.
The problem is, is it possible to design a language exam which can evaluate only the language – without being influenced by the intelligence of the candidate ?
Can language use be separate by the intelligence of the speaker ?

(third in a series – previous article here)

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