It's really difficult to teach indirect object pronouns in Spanish if the kids don't know what they are in English first! Have you ever wondered if kids are truly ready for your foreign language classes? Here's how to find out!
This download includes a 40 question multiple choice test that can be completed on a Scantron, ZipGrade, or other form for easy grading. It has three sections of various tasks and questions, using basic grammar concepts typically taught in first and second year foreign language classes. Also contains an answer key copy of the test with correct answers highlighted, an easy-to-read list of correct answers, and a list of suggested study recommendations for students based on their percentage scores.
While scheduling foreign language classes at our school, we (as a department) realized that we were getting a lot of students who were not quite ready for the difficult task that is learning a foreign language. The guidance counselors did not seem to fully understand that students with poor performances in English would not have the tools to be successful in a foreign language class due to the complexity of language study. So, I developed this diagnostic test to check a student's knowledge of English grammar at the levels taught in grammar of our foreign language classes. Students may choose to take this test in their homeroom class toward the end of their freshman year (our school does not allow freshman to take a foreign language) to see if they are ready for foreign language as a sophomore or if they should wait a year or two. We generally recommend foreign language study as a junior, however, students with high performance on this diagnostic may receive recommendations to begin early and try to take higher levels or dual-enrollment language during their high school career.
As a bonus, it has been stated numerous times in various studies that foreign language study raises a student's English and math scores. To prove this to my students, they all take the FLRD on the first day of class and then again in the last week of the school year. Their improved scores show them (and the administration!) that foreign language classes make a tremendous difference in our students' performance on English grammar tests, such as that portion of the ACT. It makes for a great mention on any professionalism or data rubric for your evaluations!