Regarding the editorial “Address concerns about new English exams” in the Sept. 6 edition, I wonder how they evaluate the speaking skill of each examinee. Usually, oral skills in a foreign language consist of various factors like pronunciations with phonetics, accents, intonations and gesticulating with body and hands. In addition, the speaker’s use of logic in order to persuade his or her audience must be considered.
Administered by private institutions, I wonder if the new exams can maintain validity and fairness. How do those institutions evaluate phonetic ability that is important in making the listener understand what is spoken?
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