ESL go.com's evaluation grading rubric for TESOL TESL & TEFL speaking tests
I use this when administering oral exams to my EFL students in Korea. It will also work for those teaching English as a second language. For my exams, students form or are assigned groups of three or four. Then they engage in some communicative task, generally a conversation or a role-play. There is an accompanying ESL test study guide, which you can print and hand out to students.
The evaluation rubric will measure proficiency in expressing oneself in English.
|Grammar||Grammar covered in class was used to communicate effectively.||A few minor difficulties arose from not using the grammar studied in class.||Grammatical errors led to many minor difficulties or one major breakdown in communication.||Grammatical errors severely hampered communication.|
|Vocabulary||Vocabulary studied in class was used to express ideas eloquently.||A few minor difficulties arose from not using appropriate vocabulary.||Some difficulties arose due to limited vocabulary and/or bad diction.||Communication was severely hampered due to lack of vocabulary.|
|Fluency||Student acted as a facilitator, helping the conversation flow and develop.||Some minor difficulties maintaining the conversation were evident.||Some effort was required to maintain the conversation. There may have been a few long pauses.||Much effort was required to maintain the conversation. There may have been many long pauses.|
|Listening||Student responded to questions with appropriate answers, acknowledged all statements, and incorporated them into the discussion.||Student responded to most questions, acknowledged most statements, and incorporated many of these into the conversation.||Student failed to answer some questions appropriately OR failed to acknowledge some statements and incorporate these into the conversation.||Student didn't understand or ignored most questions and statements. Student may have been using notes.|
|Voice and non-verbal communication||Pronunciation was clear and inflection and expressions were used to enhance communication.||No serious problems arose, but better pronunciation, inflection, and/or non-verbal communication could have made communication more efficient.||Some communication problems arose due to unclear pronunciation and/or lack of inflection and/or expression. Student may have been difficult to hear.||Pronunciation, inflection, and/or expression confused communication. Student may have been very difficult to hear.|
Points will be deducted from your final score if you speak for less than the assigned time.