ERIC Number: ED198720
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
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Testing Language Ability in the Classroom.
Cohen, Andrew D.
This book is intended for teachers of second and foreign languages who use and construct tests while they teach. The emphasis is on the process of testing, as well as the process involved in taking a test. The five chapters treat the following points: (1) an overview of classroom testing, its nature, process, and value; (2) a theoretical framework for classroom tests and quizzes in terms of the test itself, the test-taker, and administration and scoring; (3) an analysis of the processes students go through when they take tests in order to provide helpful insights; (4) an analysis of the components of test items, that is, the item-stimulus format, the item-response format, and the tested response behavior; and (5) an analysis of three types of integrative tests, namely, the cloze test, dictation as a test of listening comprehension and writing, and dialog as a test of speaking. Attention is paid throughout the book to the analysis of results and to the implications of the results. A summary statement, a glossary, and a list of references complete the book. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Criterion Referenced Tests, Item Analysis, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Second Language Instruction, Secondary Education, Speech Tests, Test Construction
Newbury House Publishers, Inc., Rowley, MA 01969 ($9.95).
Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
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