Teaching Speaking Skills to ELL Students: Methods & Resources - Quiz & Worksheet


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What does the acronym BICS stand for?

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1. Where are we most likely to see students employing BICS skills?

2. At their most basic, what are CALP skills?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

In this quiz and worksheet are multiple-choice questions covering speaking skills for ESL students. Select the best answer of four available for each question as you assess your knowledge of CALP skills, BICS and basic guidelines for teaching speaking skills.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet can quickly test your understanding of the following:

  • What each letter in BICS stands for
  • When students are most likely to employ BICS
  • Definition of CALP skills
  • Skillset (BICS or CALP) that takes longer to learn
  • Basic guidelines for teaching speaking skills

Skills Practiced

  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what the acronyms CALP and BICS stand for
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding basic guidelines for teaching speaking skils
  • Distinguishing differences - differentiate between BICS and CALP skills

Additional Learning

By reviewing the lesson called Teaching Speaking Skills to ELL Students: Methods & Resources that accompanies this quiz and worksheet, you can learn more about the following:

  • Why it can be challenging to teach English language learners to speak English
  • Canadian researcher who coined terms focused on language acquisition and use
  • How long it can take for students to develop full CALP skills
  • How structured activities can be used to teach speaking skills