Wednesday, November 21, 2007

School Grades: How are they determined?

One question that often comes up is whether ESL/EFL teachers should grade students based on their attitude and participation in classes, and if so, how much should this be part of the grade. In other words, what is the relationship between actual English ability and attitude. In the program where I work, students can move up to the next level in the program if the pass the class with a good grade, and 15% of the grade is based on participation. However, if too much of the grade is based on just whether they participate or not, and not how they perform on language tests, students might move up but not be ready in terms of their true ability. What do you think on this topic? How should students be scored and graded?


1 comment:

  1. I agree that students' attitude towards the learning process of a language should be part of the grading system but it should not account for more than 15% of the grade. Otherwise, students will move up to a more advanced level in a program without being able to
    follow the lessons and communicate in the language. This situation will probably make these students
    no longer motivated to continue studying the language.


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