ERIC Number: ED161058
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-May
Reference Count: 0
The Multiple Role of Oral Language Assessment: Language Status, Research, and Curriculum Development.
Matluck, Joseph H.
An oral language assessment test not only can determine the relative proficiency of a child in one or more languages and his or her language preference, but also can provide diagnostic information as to the child's strengths and weaknesses in each language. This information can serve as a guide to curriculum development and to prescriptive instruction in both oral language and reading. Also, data collected from such tests can become valuable resources for investigating language usage, language acquisition, and bilingualism. Full bilingual programs require an instrument providing assessment in both the home language and in English. Programs in Washington, Idaho, Texas, and California have used the MAT-SEA-CAL Oral Proficiency Tests as diagnostic instruments, as vehicles for improving curriculum design and development, and as aids in making decisions about children being considered for special education and language disability programs. A wide range of research projects that have provided validation for the MAT-SEA-CAL tests and are built on the information gathered from the tests have been conducted and are underway. (TJ)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: MAT SEA CAL Oral Proficiency Tests
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Reading Association (23rd, Houston, Texas, May 1-5, 1978)