Assessment of Listening and Speaking (ASL)

By | July 23, 2021

ASL- Assessment of Speaking and Listening

Note- Officially ASL is not in syllabus after 2017 yet schools can conduct as per their own wish for enhancing students’ speaking skills.

A short description for those who are new to the process of 20 marks-

Before ASL- In every class groups of 2 -2 children are made and date is announced for the conduction of ASL. Children perform in a group of two.

Note- the Assessment of Speaking and Listening (ASL) takes 8 minutes for a pair of 2 students to complete. This is actually conducted in three stages.


Stage 1: Introduction (1 minute)

In this stage, the examiner asks both of the candidates their names and a brief introduction. After that, both the candidates are asked some general questions one by one. Like-
1. What is your father?
2. Where do you live?
3. Which is your favourite subject?

Stage 2: Speech (4 minutes for both)


The examiner will ask the first Candidate to speak on the topic and the second Candidate will ask questions on the basis of the spoken text. The second candidate will be asked to speak on any other topic and the first candidate will ask questions related to it. The examiner will also ask 2-3 questions to both the Candidates related to their topics.

Stage 3: Problem-solving (3 minutes)

In this final stage, both the candidates will be given a problematic situation to discuss. Its solution has to be found out.  Nearly 2 minutes will be given for conversation on the given problem. The examiner will ask some follow-up questions.

Examples of the Problematic situation-

1. One of the children in your class always keeps on speaking and never lets others study. Discuss the problem and tell you what will be your advice to solve the problem of this nuisance?
2. Many of your classmates do not bring books and disturb others during study hours. Discuss with your partner why they behave in this way and what can be done to change their attitude?


Finally, The Students have to prepare a brief introduction and a paragraph of nearly 150 words (15 lines) which could be spoken within a minute and a question on the basis of the paragraph.