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Contextualized Speaking Assessment (CoSA) Sample Task

Theme: The New Exchange Student

 It's the first week of school, and when you walk into class, you see the new exchange student sitting by herself. You introduce yourself to Christine/Kristina/Cristina, who says that she is from Brussels/Frankfort/Lima, and that she has just arrived in the United States. You have been studying French/German/ Spanish, and you'd like to make her feel welcome.

Segment 1

Christine/Kristina/Cristina wonders about you: where you're from, how old you are, what you're studying, and so on. Wait until you hear Christine/Kristina/ Cristina speak, then tell her about yourself.

15 second pause for student to think about what to say, then student hears, but does not see, a prompt:

(French)

"Parle-moi un peu de toi."

(German)

"Kannst du mir etwas über dich erzählen?"

(Spanish)

"Y tú, cuéntame de ti."

Student then has 60 seconds in which to respond.

View a transcription of the student's response in French, in German, and in Spanish.


Segment 2

You would like to learn more about Christine/Kristina/Cristina and her life in Brussels/Frankfort/Lima: her family, friends, interests, and studies. Wait until you hear Christine/Kristina/Cristina ask a question, then ask her at least five questions to find out more about her life in her country.

15 second pause for student to think about what to say, then student hears, but does not see, a prompt:

(French)

"Je t'ai déjà posé beaucoup de questions! Est-ce que tu as des questions pour moi?"

(German)

"Wir haben viel gesprochen! Hast du Fragen für mich?

(Spanish)

"Ya nos hemos hablado mucho. Y tú, ¿qué quieres saber de mí?

Student then has 60 seconds in which to respond.

 


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