Assessing oral presentations: An analysis of score-reaching dialogue between EAP practitioners

Palmour, L. (2023) Assessing oral presentations: An analysis of score-reaching dialogue between EAP practitioners. Journal of English for Academic Purposes, 62, 101210. (doi: 10.1016/j.jeap.2022.101210)

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Academic oral presentations (AOPs) often feature as part of assessment suites on English for Academic Purposes programmes. This paper documents what teacher assessors do and pay attention to when reaching score decisions on student assesees’ oral presentation performances on two EAP modules. The fieldwork conducted at two EAP sites was informed by a blend of constructivist grounded theory and ethnographic inquiry traditions. In this paper, an analysis of rating discussions and interviews demonstrates that a series of filters are applied by EAP practitioners to AOP performances when assigning scores. The processes described demonstrate how the social and learning context on EAP programmes influence assessment decisions. The visual representation of the rating process teamed with the description of processes may prove a useful heuristic with which to better understand and critically appraise decision making in EAP classroom-based oral presentation assessment.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Palmour, Dr Louise
Authors: Palmour, L.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Language Centre
Journal Name:Journal of English for Academic Purposes
ISSN (Online):1878-1497
Published Online:15 December 2022
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2022 Published by Elsevier Ltd.
First Published:First published in Journal of English for Academic Purposes 62:101210
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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