Initial Oral Assessment Note: The following questions are meant to promote speech for the purpose of deciding on further assessments. Feel free to eliminate, add to or expand on the following questions. If the student is non-responsive or demonstrates a limited command of English, discontinue interview and proceed to Assessment A. It is recommended that this interview be recorded. Suggested questions: General Information: 1. Tell me about yourself. 2. What is your name? What do you like to be called? 3. How old are you? What is your birthday? 4. Where are you from? ____________ Were you born there? __________ Questions about school: 1. Did you go to school? Yes No (probe for frequency) 2. What language was your teaching in? 3. How is this school different/same from your other school? 4. Tell me about your school (grade, length of day, classes subjects). 5. Did you learn any English in school? 6. Can you read/write in your first language? 7. What do you like/don’t like about school? Questions about family: 1. Tell me about your family. 2. Who do you live with? 3. Do you have family members at this school? 4. What language do you speak at home? 5. Do your parents speak other languages? 6. How is your life in Canada the same/different than your home country? (weather, food, housing, city) 7. Tell me what you would do on a regular day? (home country/here). 8. What do you like to do for fun? Promoting Questioning: 1. Do you have any questions about this school? 2. Do you have any questions for me? 3. Do you have any questions about living in Canada? 4. Look at this picture. What questions does it make you think of? Expressing/supporting personal opinions: 1. If you could _____ or _____ which would you choose? Why? (eg. play soccer or baseball, eat carrots or potatoes, watch tv or ride your bike – adapt to the student). See the Initial Assessment flow chart for next steps. Comments: Student Name: __________________ D.O.B.: ________________________ Date: _________________________ Interviewer: ___________________ The EAL student can: A1.1 – A1.2 Answer questions/converses using single words or short phrases Respond to general information questions Can express lack of understanding Can express preferences A2.1-A2.2 Answers questions/converses using short phrases and short sentences Request clarification when necessary Ask questions Recount familiar events, stories and key information Express personal opinions and emotions on familiar topics Speak with sufficient clarity and fluency for listener comprehension B1.1-B1.2 Initiate and maintain conversations on familiar topics using appropriate discourse cues. (eg. reply, acknowledgement, agreement) Speak with clear, fluent pronunciation and voice quality (tone, volume, stress) Uses diverse vocabulary and familiar expressions. Support/justify opinions and arguments most of the time Begin to self-correct simple grammatical errors Use most language structures appropriate to the grade level Speak with fluency and clarity Self-correct common grammatical errors Use idiomatic and colloquial language appropriately B2+ Completed all of the tasks above with grade appropriate ease Appears to speak with the fluency of a native speaker.