ERIC Number: ED043023
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
A Description of the Peace Corps Language Proficiency Interview.
Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
This paper provides background on the procedures currently used in the language interviews conducted by the Peace Corps in testing Peace Corps Volunteer/Trainee performance in host country languages. The purpose of these face-to-face interviews, which are based on the interviews used by the Foreign Service Institute, is "to give the student an opportunity to demonstrate, in a conversational situation, the extent of his spoken mastery of the host country language, as well as his ability to understand the spoken language." The scheduling of interviews in the course of training and service is first discussed, followed by a description of the general structure of the interview. Under "Content of the Interview" the evaluation of student mastery in the areas of pronunciation, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and listening comprehension are dealt with. Finally interview scoring and interpretation are discussed, and a description of the five categories used to rate overall performance is presented. (FWB)
Descriptors: Grammar, Interviews, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension, Pronunciation, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Vocabulary
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Peace Corps, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Peace Corps
Note: From the "Final Report on Peace Corps Language Coordinators Workshop," Rockport, Massachusetts, April 26 to May 16, 1970