ERIC Number: ED221044
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Application of Holistic Grading in an ESL Writing Program.
Reid, Joy M.; O'Brien, Maryann
Holistic evaluation, defined as the grading of an entire piece of writing without tallying or correcting specific errors, is discussed as preferable to discrete point testing or objective measures in assessing writing proficiency of English as a second language (ESL) students. The assessment process, in which the papers are evaluated as excellent, good, average, fair, or poor in each of three areas (English structure, content, and organization) is described. Some preliminary research results in using holistic evaluation for ESL writing are reported and the method is found to be a reliable and valid measure. The scoring sheet and evaluation guide are appended. (EKN)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (15th, Detroit, MI, March 1981).