- Examples of test items are available as a PDF from http://www.ydyom.metu.edu.tr/prf/EPE_booklet_ENG.pdf
- Demet Hoca has provided some details and a link to similar tasks and examples for practice. See her post at http://sfltdu.blogspot.com/2011/11/bank-of-exam-questions-for-dialogue.html
As normal, the test items will be devoid of any context, other than textual clues. Here is an example of what students will face on the EPE for the new test item for dialogue completion. What is the answer?
Clerk: Next please. How can I help you?
Dina: I‘d like to open a bank account. ____ (22)____
Clerk: Only a copy of your ID card.
Dina: I only have my student ID card with me. Is it OK?
Clerk: Sure. And please fill in this form while I‘m photocopying your ID card.
Visualization and context through comics
- Visualization clues, using pictures, realia, etc., are all tools of the teaching trade. Creating a comic strip is another technique that is not normally available to teachers who are 'drawing-challenged' (such as myself!)
- However, the Internet has the answer. Here is an example of a test item for dialogue completion as a comic (using http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/)
- The site is all black and white, but the characters have a useful range of emotions to choose from.
- Note that you cannot change anything once you've published it (unless you save it as a JPEG and edit it in an image editor like PAINT or GIMP).
- Also, make sure you send yourself the link to the comic so you can retrieve it in the future in case you lose the picture that you copy (generally using PRINT SCREEN or any SCREENSHOT program that you have.)
If you find another site that you like and find useful in this context, please share your link by adding a comment.
- Talip suggests this site, http://superherosquad.marvel.com/create_your_own_comic, which lets you create a comic strip (or even a fully-fledged comic book) based on Marvel comic characters.
There are other 'multimedia' options for dialogue completion, perhaps to add a bit of variety to comics, and the other techniques you employ from your personal bag of teaching tricks.
- There is another animation tool, XTRANORMAL, which you can find in Youtube's create video option (http://youtube.com/create), that allows you to add pauses and gestures.
- Using these you can create a 'gap' in the dialogue which could be another way to expose students to dialogue completion tasks.
RESPONSE TO A SITUATION
Preparation for another test item, responding appropriately to a situation, may also benefit from the use of comics when presenting and practicing the skill in class. Here is an example of a test item for response to a situation. What is the answer?
Your friend is supposed to pick you up from the station and you know that he/she is waiting for you now, but you have missed the train and you will be one hour late.
Call your friend and apologize by explaining the situation: ____(27)____
Again, creating a simple comic strip can perhaps bring the situation to life in class. Here is a simple example of a MakeBeliefsComix for the situation above. Click on the image to see the full-size version.
If you are thinking of how to introduce the new test items in class, here are two draft worksheets (with tasks created using Teacher's Pet) that you can download and adapt. These are in OpenOffice format.