ERIC Number: ED044426
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1969-Nov
Reference Count: 0
Measuring Proficiency in the German Language: A Study of Pupils in Grade 7.
An attempt was made to further the understanding of foreign language proficiencies and to formulate methods of testing them. Language testing is needed as a criterion of the efficacy of teaching. Consideration of the curriculum and analysis of the texts used would aid in test construction. A discussion of the design and content of language tests and a detailed summary of their subject-matter is provided. This study employed a battery constructed on the basis of Lado's theory regarding the relationship between language variables and integrated skills. Factor analysis of the resulting data produced a factor structure which included knowledge of vocabulary, structure pronunciation, intelligence, and language fluency. Analyses indicated that language proficiency could be seen as a closely knit unit and that correlations between different language tests are high. Suggestions are offered for further research. (PR)
Descriptors: Curriculum, Factor Structure, German, Grade 7, Language Ability, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Research, Language Skills, Language Tests, Measurement Instruments, Measurement Techniques, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Vocabulary
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: School of Education, Malmo (Sweden). Dept. of Educational and Psychological Research.