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Middlebury: Speaking Tests

Introduction:

Speaking tests will use the recording feature and can be a practice or graded activity. Before beginning a graded speaking test, make sure that you have plenty of time to complete the assignment. If you need to close or exit for any reason, all work will be lost and the test will restart from the beginning.

Details:

  1. First, tap the Scoring Guide button at the bottom of the page under the “Useful Tips” section.
  2. Next, review this material and ensure you have everything you need before beginning.
  3. Then read the instructions carefully by tapping the green speaker icon and/or reading the text to the right.
  4. Next, respond (by selecting the red microphone icon) to each question.
    Note: If you receive an “Adobe Flash Player Settings” dialog box, tap Allow to continue. This should only appear once throughout the test.
    • To end the recording, press the stop (white square inside red circle) button.
    • To playback the recording, press the play (white triangle inside red circle with small x on top) button.
    • To erase the recording and record again, press the small x over the play button.
  5. Continue to proceed to the next question or prompt.
  6. Finally, tap the Submit button when finished.
    Screen capture of a speaking test activity. Arrows point to the microphone icon to record, and to the Scoring Guide and Submit buttons.

Limited Course Capacity

We’re sorry to inform you that we have reached capacity for several of our Semester 1 and Trimester 1 courses. You’ll notice when attempting to enroll students in our Student Learning Portal that some courses are unavailable. While we are no longer accepting new enrollments for these courses at this time, many courses continue to remain open for enrollment.

With many students across the state 100% remote, demand for our online courses is greater than ever before. Because every course we offer is taught by a Michigan-certified teacher, this high volume of enrollments has created capacity issues for our teachers who provide each and every student with individual feedback.

While the Michigan Virtual team anticipated and planned for significant increases in student enrollments this Fall, the increased demand we’ve experienced has been unprecedented. As a result, we are taking steps to hire even more part-and full-time teachers to support larger numbers of student enrollments for Semester 2 as well as for Trimester 2 and 3. 

For schools that still need online learning options this year, please fill out the form at the bottom of our virtual pathways page to meet with someone to discuss other solutions. While some of our teacher-led courses are full, we may still have the capacity to help you in upcoming terms or can discuss timing to implement a whole-school or collaborative program in which local teachers from your school/district use our online course content to teach students. We also have free course content and resources available for you to use.

We know this is an incredibly stressful time for all, and we’re sorry if the courses you’re looking for are unavailable. We never want to turn away a student who wants to learn from us. Our top concern, however, is student success, and we have a policy to not take on additional enrollments if we cannot guarantee that all students will have a quality online learning experience. 

We appreciate your patience and understanding as we navigate the unusually high volume of enrollments we are receiving.