With recent developments in multimedia recording, researchers have begun to investigate the use of technology in oral proficiency assessment. This article addresses the benefits and ease of using seven different multimedia tools to assess P-16 students’ oral language proficiency and compares traditional methods of in-class oral language assessment to out-of-class recordings. Additionally, the authors discuss the potential benefits of using technology to lower students’ affective filter, to provide teachers with a digital portfolio of student progress, and to increase instructional and preparation time.
Early, P., & Swanson, P. (2008). Technology for oral assessment. In C. M. Cherry and C. Wilkerson (Eds.), Dimension (pp. 39-48). Valdosta, GA: SCOLT Publications. Available at: http://digitalarchive.gsu.edu/mcl_facpub/4/