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Second Language English Comprehensibility Global and Analytic Scales, Version 1.0

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by Talia Isaacs, Pavel Trofimovich, Jennifer Ann Foote | 12 May 2017
Resource Description: Thank you for accessing the first version of the Second Language English Comprehensibility scale. Please find attached some notes to guide your understanding of the way that comprehensibility is operationally defined in this scale, its intended purpose, and possible ways that you can use the scale with your students.
 
Audience: University, Teacher Training
Audience Language Proficiency: Intermediate, Advanced
Type of Assessment Tool: Th​e Second Language English Comprehensibility scale consists of (1) a holistic scale in which to record or summarize your overall impressions of comprehensibility, and (2) an analytic or more detailed scale in which to break down your impressions and assign a score on up to four separate elements: pronunciation, fluency, grammar, and vocabulary. 
Area to be Assessed: Speaking
Duration: N/A
Assessment Procedure: This is a data-driven, pedagogically-oriented rating scale. The kinds of speaking tasks with which the scale can be used is provided in the accompanying instructions. Please note that the scale should not be used for decision making that is likely to have consequences on test-takers’ lives. It is solely intended for descriptive purposes to enhance teaching and learning. 
References: For further details about the scale, please consult the following research article, which describes its development:

Isaacs, T., Trofimovich, P., & Foote, J. A. (2017). Developing a user-oriented second language comprehensibility scale for English-medium universities. Language Testing. DOI: 10.1177/0265532217703433
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TESOL Interest Section: Applied Linguistics, Higher Education, Nonnative English Speakers in TESOL, Speech, Pronunciation, and Listening, Teacher Education