This book is a great help for teachers of Spanish who work with TPRS or CI, and who are looking for a valid, easy and fast way to assess proficiency.
The first part of the book contains a clear introduction on testing and assessing, and explains the most important terminology in this field. Eric Herman continues to advocate a new form of assessment, that does justice to what should be the goal in all language education: real proficiency. Are our students capable of understanding spoken language at a normal speed? Can they communicate and express themselves in fluent language?
Eric Herman presents 8 ways to assess proficiency, after which he stresses the importance of reading (a lot) for language acquisition. By reading a lot, our students build a vocabulary and a 'feeling' for the language that couldn't be acquired in language classes only. That is why the second part of the book is focused on assessing reading speed and reading comprehension. The author has created 30 stories with a quiz, that are ready for use in your classroom.
The stories are based on the 300 most frequent words in Spanish, just a few less frequent words and a long list of cognates.
This book helps you to create assessment tests for Spanish, or to simply use the ready-to-go reading tests from this book. It also helps you to be better prepared when you need to discuss assessment with your team or your administrator.