On the afternoon of September 14, the Clinic for Foreign Language Learning carried out an assessment on the oral English proficiency of 71 freshmen of Grade 2017 majoring in English and English Education. 9 faculties were appointed by the Clinic to test the students’ oral English respectively in groups and individually. Audio and written materials based on the oral test recording and written assessment were filed for the sustainable development of each student in the 4 years to come. These materials will to some extent promote the future individualized quality guidance and instruction of the English majors, thus improving the faculties’ teaching approach and the evaluation of their teaching performance.
The oral proficiency test on English freshmen comprise 3 parts. Part 1 requires students to listen to and differentiate 10 groups of English phonemes that are most confusable and hard to pronounce, while the teachers record each mispronounced word and phoneme clearly marked with an error type. Part 1 requires students to read aloud a text suitable for them chosen from 6 short texts of ABC levels by the teachers according to the test results of Part 1, while the teachers make an evaluation with detailed notes on the students’ performance in pause, liaison, stress, cadence and intonation. Part 3 requires students to speak on a topic suitable for them chosen from 8 topics of ABC levels, while the teachers make an evaluation with detailed notes on the contents, pronunciation, intonation, grammar and lexicon of their speeches.
The Clinic for Foreign Language Learning (CFLL) set up in November 2016 is an innovative educational institution that combines foreign language capability assessment, personalized guidance of foreign language learning and frontier studies on foreign language learning. The long-term objective of the CFLL is to provide foreign language learning consultation and tracking services to all students and teachers of the University and in the meanwhile carry out the practical problem-oriented English teaching research by exerting the effort of all Chinese and foreign teachers of English who take the lead in both teaching and research. Not only does the Clinic draw on the sophisticated experiences of the language center in a worldly renowned university, but it also focuses on the particular difficulties of the English learners in China, especially those of Jiangsu University.
(School of Foreign Languages)