|Thematically Organized Assessment Tasks|
A New Jersey FLAP Grant Project
What are the content/theme areas of the TOAs?
All of the Thematically Organized Assessments have been developed around a certain pre-identified theme. Many-if not all-of these themes are familiar to language teachers and language learners, although the particular title ascribed to the theme may use different wording that what is more commonly seen. The following themes have been used for development of the TOAs:
The TOAs are listed by level (novice, intermediate,
pre-advanced) and then identified by theme – title.
While each task has been developed in a specific
language, it is our belief that these tasks can easily
be adapted for other languages. Therefore, the language
of the TOA has not been identified in the listing in the
hopes that teachers will investigate all the TOAs,
regardless of the specific language they teach
What does a TOA actually look like?
Each TOA is anchored to a proficiency target
(Novice-Mid, Intermediate-Low or Pre-Advanced
[Intermediate-High]), a theme and the three modes of
communication (interpersonal, interpretive and
presentation). A list of TOA themes is provided in a
previous section of this introduction.
TOAs are intended to measure the full range of
student language ability across the three modes of
communication: interpretive, interpersonal, and
presentational. Therefore, each TOA, in addition to
targeting a proficiency level and a theme will assess
student communicative ability across the three modes.
Thus, each task contains a page with standard
template information that provides the using teacher
with the elements of the assessment task.