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ERIC Number: ED186454
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: 0
Convergent and Discriminant Validation of Oral Language Proficiency Tests.
Bachman, Lyle F.; Palmer, Adrian S.
In a study designed to validate oral language proficiency tests, it is planned to administer a series of tests to 100 native Mandarin Chinese-speaking subjects (foreign students and their spouses). The tests will measure communicative competence in speaking (ability to speak, exhibiting control of linguistic, sociolinguistic, and pragmatic rules; and fluency) and communicative competence in reading (ability to react to these rules as manifested in written language, and to react fluently). Three different testing methods will be used, resulting in a multitrait-multimethod design: interviews, translation, and self-rating. The results will verify hypotheses of competence, and the components of the construct, oral proficiency. (Author/GDC)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Interviews, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Mandarin Chinese, Oral Reading, Reading Comprehension, Research Design, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Speech Skills, Test Validity, Translation
University of Illinois, 3070 Foreign Languages Building, Urbana, IL 61801 ($0.50)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Multitrait Multimethod Techniques
Note: Paper presented at the International Conference on Language Proficiency and Dominance Testing (3rd, Carbondale, IL, September 26-28, 1979).