From this academic session, Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) has extended the assessment of speaking, listening skills (ASL) to Class-10 to improve the language competency of students. It was introduced last year for Classes 9 and 11.
Due to its refor matory approach, the board has decided to extend ASL to another class this year, said CBSE officials. A circular uploaded at board’s website states that it is widely acknowledgment that students must get more opportunities to practice their oral-aural skills. “Therefore, the board has also updated reference materials and other necessary guidelines to conduct the ASL in better way this year,” said the circular.
ASL accounts for 20% marks in formative assessment. Schools have been asked to conduct ASL themselves according to the board’s guidelines.
Local CBSE counsellor Rakesh Sachdeva the board has made an attempt to ensure that with this attempt, students become proficient in the language by the time they leave school.
“Schools have the option of holding the ASL assessment once a year and properly record evidence at the time of assessment,” said Sachdeva. In listening-comprehension section, teachers are supposed to test the students’ ability of listening for basic interpersonal and academic purposes. As for speech, the assessment will test a student’s command over language.
Officials said that students’ performance should to be recorded on MP3 players/ recorders to validate it and make the test reliable and fair.