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ERIC Number: ED016439
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1967
Pages: 17
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A CLOSE LOOK AT THE IMPORTANCE AND PLACE OF TESTING IN THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAM.
BARRUTIA, RICHARD
TESTING IS ESPECIALLY IMPORTANT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE PROGRAMS BECAUSE THE NATURE OF AUDIOLINGUAL TEACHING REQUIRES GREAT AMOUNTS OF FEEDBACK, REINFORCEMENT, AND VERIFICATION. TESTS CAN MEASURE APTITUDE AND ACHIEVEMENT, CAN DIAGNOSE, AND, MOST IMPORTANT, CAN BE AN EFFECTIVE TEACHING TOOL. MANY TEACHING TECHNIQUES ARE EXCELLENT FOR TESTING AND SOME TESTING TECHNIQUES ARE GOOD FOR TEACHING. WELL-PREPARED TESTS BEAR OUT WHAT A GOOD TEACHER ALREADY KNOWS, AND ALSO HELP THE STUDENTS BY TEACHING NEW ITEMS BY IMITATION, INDUCTION, OR ANALOGY AS THEY TEST. BECAUSE LANGUAGE LEARNING ACHIEVEMENT IS CUMULATIVE, AND REQUIRES ANALYTICAL POWERS PLUS GREAT AMOUNTS OF MEMORIZATION, HABITUAL REPETITION, AND PRACTICE, TESTS NOT ONLY SHOULD REQUIRE KNOWLEDGE OF NEW WORK BUT ALSO SHOULD BE COMPREHENSIVE ENOUGH TO SHOW THE STUDENTS' ASSIMILATION OF PREVIOUSLY LEARNED MATERIAL. TESTING IS ALSO A VERY EFFECTIVE MEANS OF MOTIVATING STUDENTS TOWARD SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND TERMINAL BEHAVIOR--PRETEST STUDY AND THE TESTING PERIOD ITSELF RECEIVE A STUDENT'S BEST CONCENTRATION. THE PRINCIPLE OF SPACED LEARNING APPLIES WELL TO SPACED TESTING. FREQUENT SHORT TESTS ARE MORE RELIABLE, PRODUCTIVE, AND FAIR TO STUDENTS THAN INFREQUENT LONG ONES, BUT BOTH SHOULD BE USED. SHORT SPOTCHECK TESTS ARE RELIABLE IF THERE ARE ENOUGH RECURRENCES OF ITEMS FROM A COMMON CATEGORY. ORAL WORK CAN BE GRADED EASILY BY USING A SIMPLE TAPED TEST. THIS SPEECH WAS DELIVERED AT THE MEETING OF THE AMERICAN ASSOCIATION OF TEACHERS OF SPANISH AND PORTUGUESE, CHICAGO, DECEMBER 27, 1967. (AS)
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