PATHARAORN PATHARAKORN (CHULALONGKORN UNIVERSITY LANGUAGE INSTITUTE)
KARUNA NAPHON (Chulalongkorn University Language Institute)

ASSESSING SOCIALIZING SKILLS IN EFL LEARNERS USING AN OPEN ROLE-PLAY TASK : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

Using role-play tasks is often discouraged because research often points out its lack of authenticity. However, this paper explores whether students’ performance on a role-play task can offer any evidence in support of its use. During the presentation, we will discuss the design and the contingency which was introduced in our open role-play task, and the rating process which includes the real-time grade assignment and feedback. Through the lens of conversation analysis, the video data collected show that students’ performance on this open role-play task can reveal their pragmatic and interactional abilities relevant to the communication construct under socializing skills. Suggestions for application of the task in other contexts and possible task modifications will also be discussed.

Patharaorn Patharakorn is an instructor at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute. She received her PhD from the department of Second Language Studies (SLS) at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa (UHM). Her research interests include classroom assessment, oral assessment, interactional competence development, and second language learning motivation.

Karuna Naphon is an instructor at Chulalongkorn University Language Institute (CULI). She received a Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) from Thammasat University. Her areas of interest include EAP/ESP, material writing and design, language assessment and evaluation, and public speaking.