ERIC Number: ED061191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1964
Reference Count: N/A
The Examining of English Language: Eighth Report of the Secondary School Examinations Council.
Department of Education and Science, London (England).
A committee was formed in Great Britain to consider proposals made for examining sixth form pupils in the use of the English language for purposes of university matriculation and to consider what changes may be desirable in the examination of English at ordinary level. Conclusions and recommendations resulting from the formation of this committee include: (1) Many of the present difficulties in English expression reflect wider changes which are taking place; (2) They will not be remedied until sufficient teachers are available fully equipped to help pupils to develop their powers of expression in modern English; (3) Any examination papers that encourage stereotyping in sixth form English teaching cannot fail to be harmful; (4) The English language examination at ordinary level should test fairly such recommended forms of the living language as can reasonably be expected of 16-year-old pupils; (5) The ordinary level examination should set tasks which engage the interests of the candidates and require such command of language as might naturally result from wide reading of good writing; (6) English examinations at advanced level should have a linguistic section introduced into the existing literature examinations; (7) Consideration should be given to the introduction of a new paper devoted to language studies as an optional alternative to one of the existing papers in the advanced level English examinations. (Author/CK)
Descriptors: Committees, Educational Change, English Education, Language Research, Language Usage, Linguistics, Literature, Measurement Instruments, Objectives, Secondary School Students, Self Expression, Social Change, Student Evaluation, Student Teacher Relationship, Teacher Qualifications, Teaching, Test Construction, Tests, Universities
Her Majesty's Stationery Office, York House, Kingsway, London w.c.2, England (25 pence net)
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Authoring Institution: Department of Education and Science, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; Sixth Form