ERIC Number: ED022162
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Aug
Reference Count: 0
Problems in Foreign Language Testing; Proceedings of a Conference Held at the University of Michigan, September 1967.
Upshur, John A., Ed.; Fata, Julia, Ed.
Language Learning, Special Issue No. 3 August 1968.
The 14 conference papers and discussion transcripts in this volume were arranged to suggest both an outline of the state of the art of foreign language testing and a practical guide for test writers and users. The first two papers (T.R. Hopkins, Language Testing of North American Indians; and E.J. Briere, Testing ESL Among Navajo Children) deal with specific groups. A paper by D.A. White (Second Language Testing Requirements of the Canadian Public Service Commission) shows the vast range of problems and their consequences. Two papers present models of language behavior (L.A. Jakobovits, Dimensionality of Compound-Coordinate Bilingualism; and R.L. Cooper, An Elaborated Language Testing Model). The three following papers discuss testing variables and instrumentation (P. Pimsleur, Aptitude Testing; B. Spolsky et al., Preliminary studies in the Development of Techniques for Testing Overall Second Language Proficiency; and T. Plaister, Testing Aural Comprehension). Test validity is dealt with in papers by R.M. Valette (Evaluating Oral and Written Communication), E.G. Lewis (International Education Assessment--English as a Foreign Language), and E. Ingram (Testing in the Context of a Language Learning Experiment). Finally, two papers discuss classification of tests (W.F. Mackey, The Typology, Classification and Analysis of Language Tests; and J. Savard, A Proposed System for Classifying Language Tests). A summary of the conference was written by L.A. Palmer. (JD)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, American Indians, Aptitude Tests, Bilingualism, Culture Fair Tests, English (Second Language), Intelligence Tests, Language Fluency, Language Role, Language Skills, Language Tests, Language Usage, Listening Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Spanish Speaking, Testing, Verbal Ability, Writing Skills
Language Learning, North University Building, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan 48104 ($3.00).
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Authoring Institution: Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor. Research Club in Language Learning.