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Sample Rubrics for Learning Strategies

Different instruments gather different types of information. The following instruments are designed to collect data on students' strategies use. What types of assessment information can you collect?


SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 1: CLOSED QUESTIONNAIRE: MULTIPLE CHOICE
Indicate how often you do the following when reading in a foreign language:


1. Before you read, do you think about what the text will be about?
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Almost NeverRarely SometimesUsuallyAlmost Always


2. While you read, do you imagine pictures in your head or imagine you are part of the story?
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Almost NeverRarely SometimesUsuallyAlmost Always


3. When you read a word you don't know, do try to figure out its meaning by looking at the rest of the story?
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Almost NeverRarely SometimesUsuallyAlmost Always


4. After you read, do you think about how well you understood it?
0 10 20 30 40 50 60 70 80 90 100
Almost NeverRarely SometimesUsuallyAlmost Always

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 2: CLOSED QUESTIONNAIRE: RANKING
Student Directions: Put the following learning techniques in order with 1 being the technique you use the most often and 4 being the technique you use the least.
Reading with a dictionary
Writing down key words when reading
Imagining pictures in your mind when reading
Guessing the meaning of new words when reading

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 3: OPEN QUESTIONNAIRE
Answer the questions about what you do to help yourself read in language.

1. What do you do before you start to read in language?

2. What do you do while you are reading in language?

3. What do you do if you don't understand something when reading?

4. What do you do after you finish reading in language?

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT #4: GROUP INTERVIEWS
Teacher Directions: In groups of 3-5 students discuss the following questions. Responses may be taped recorded, video taped, or summarized in writing by a note taker. Reading: 1. What strategies do you use most when you're reading language?
-What do you do to understand?
-What do you do if you don't understand or it doesn't make sense?

2. Why do you use (the technique)?

3. How does it help you learn?

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 5: INDIVIDUAL THINK ALOUD INTERVIEWS
Teacher Directions: Give student a reading task in the target language. As student reads, ask him to think aloud/tell you his thoughts while reading. Tape the interview. Use the following prompts to help student think aloud:

-What are you thinking about? What's going through your mind?
-Can you tell me more?
-What are you looking at? Why?
-How did you figure that out?
-How does that help?
-Is there anything else you'd like to add about what was going through your mind?

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 6: LEARNING LOGS
Student Directions: Keep a weekly record of your language learning tasks and strategies.

DateLanguage TaskStrategy(ies) UsedStrategy Effectiveness-Did it help?Would you use the strategy(ies) again?
     
     
     
     
     
     
     

SAMPLE INSTRUMENT # 7: OBSERVATIONS
Teacher Directions: Use the observation form to take notes on students' strategic behaviors.