the two previous classes i taught found this type of assessment fine. it is my present class that really surprises me. perhaps it is because the two other classes before have been with me since they started their beginning course in general english. this third group is new to me. they've had two different teachers prior to me. and the ways the other two different teacher used were different... actually the first one is similar to how i teach, very communicative and in line with the direct method, the second teacher, however, did a lot of grammar translation with a direct method twist... making the students prone to memorize instead of understand.
i spoke to my supervisor, and she advised me to go ahead and drill them more, perhaps considering dropping creative language output from the students' side.
i've never taught in this fashion before. i am going to go ahead with it. i learned chinese with this method many years ago. bleh.