ERIC Number: ED043024
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Jun-30
Reference Count: 0
Proposal for the Development of a Language Testing Program for the Peace Corps.
Language Research Foundation, Cambridge, MA.
This paper outlines the Educational Testing Service (ETS) plan for developing instruments and procedures for evaluating Peace Corps Trainees' and Peace Corps Volunteers' competence in host country languages at various stages of training or in-country service. The goals of such an evaluation program are first stated. and then a critique of the present evaluation method, which is based on the Foreign Service Institute Interview, is given; deficiences in the areas of listening comprehension, spoken vocabulary, and command of spoken grammar are discussed. Suggestions for changes in the program are made, the desirable specifications for a language evaluation program are outlined, and the program proposed by ETS is described. Final sections deal with the question of the feedback of test information to the student and language staff, and present suggestions for the points in the course of training or service that the tests should be administered. (FWB)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Feedback, Grammar, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension, Pronunciation, Speech Communication, Test Construction, Testing Programs
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 Languae Coordinators Workshop," Rockport, Massachusetts, April 26 to May 16, 1970