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Best Grades to be Counted in English – CBSE

CBSE Considers Only Best Grades in English

The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has laid down the guidelines for awarding grades in English for classes IX and X for the academic year 2013-14.

As per the notification by the board, a small component of Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) will be present in the Summative Assessment (SA) for class IX and will carry 20 marks, while, the Summative Assessment for Class X will include ASL component carrying 10 marks.

The distribution of marks in the written assessments and the ASL in SA I and SA II for classes IX and X will be 70 +20 (90) and 80 +10 (90) respectively. However, it is the responsibility of the school to provide the marks of the candidates obtained in the ASL assessment in English for SA I and SA II to the board during the collection of assessment data.

The students will usually be asked to speak on different topics like green revolution, pollution and basic mannerism. They might also be questioned on certain allotted topics to enrich their confidence, communication skills resulting in long term improvement.

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SA-II Examination for ASL Extended by CBSE

SA-II Examination for ASL Extended by CBSE

The Central Board of Secondary Education has decided to extend the window time period for conducting the Summative Assessment II examination 2013-14 for Assessment of Speaking and Listening Skills for class IX and Class XI. The earlier date to conduct ASL was January 30th, 2014 to February 15th, 2014 as per a recent circular by the board.

The CBSE board will make ASL available online on its official website from February 6th, 2014 to February 15th, 2014. Students should note that the online ASL version will not be available from January 21st, 2014 to February 5th, 2014 as announced earlier.

The CBSE board introduced ASL as it believes that each student should move out of the CBSE premises being proficient in communication. Hence, the ASL focuses on bringing the oral testing and language in schools at par with the international testing standards.

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CBSE Focuses on ASL Preparation

The CBSE Board has declared to outsource the preparation of material for Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) skills test conducted for classes IX and XI. ASL, introduced in the year 2012, is mainly an oral examination testing the language skills of the students but through a comprehensive approach. The ASL accounts for around 10% marks in English. The main reason to outsource the preparation is to get professionally prepared test material which in turn will offer educative options to the students.

CBSE Conducting ASL for 2013-14 Academic Session

CBSE will also be providing certificates to the students who are internationally recognized. The board believes that good communication skills in students will help raising their self-esteem and desires that by the time the student leaves the portal he/she is filled in with proficiency. The board emphasises on the fact that the language skills are essentially important for both practical and theory.

Speaking Test:

The speaking test will be of 12 minutes and with two students at a time. The test will be divided into three sections where the first section will be of a general introduction with questions like name, place of residence, etc of the students.

The second section is called as mini presentation, where the students will have the option to pick from a cue card or role card. Each card will contain a topic and the student will be allocated to pen down his thoughts on a paper. Once this is done, each student will be given 2 minutes to present their thoughts.

The third section will be based on pair interaction. Both the students will be given visual or verbal incentive and will be asked to reply for the same with each other for 3 minutes. However, in case a student does not speak owing to any factor, he can be given an extra minute by the interlocutor.

Certain sub-skills in speaking test which the students will be evaluated on through the summative and formulated assessments are:

• Speaking intelligibly through appropriate use of words, sentences and intonation patterns
• Narrating events and incidents, either real or imaginary in a logical sequence
• Presenting oral reports/summaries thereby making clear and confident announcements
• Expressing and arguing one’s point of view effectively and clearly
• Actively participating in group discussions and showing the ability to agree or disagree
• Summarising presenting own ideas
• Participating in unprompted spoken discourse in social situations.

Listening Test:

The listening skill test focuses on testing the students’ ability to listen to basic instructional, interpersonal and academic purposes. Students will be made to hear a set of recordings/oral reading that will be played twice and the student is not allowed to speak or interrupt the session at any time. CBSE says this works as an essential step in testing the listening skills of the students as will be asked to answer some questions after listening. The listening test will comprise 4 sections which are all compulsory.

Certain sub-skills in listening test which the students will be evaluated on through the summative and formulated assessments are:

• Listening for specific information
• Listening for general understanding
• Predictive listening
• Inferential listening
• Listening for pleasure
• Intensive listening
• Evaluative listening

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