ERIC Number: ED225349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982-May
Reference Count: 0
Test of Swedish as a Second Language: An Experiment in Self-Assessment. Work Papers from the Language Teaching Research Center, No. 31.
Von Elek, Tibor
A self-assessment test of Swedish as a second language is described. The test was designed as a self-diagnostic instrument for adult migrants to Sweden studying Swedish at labor training centers. The 1,500-item test provides students with information about their Swedish proficiency level as well as the proficiency needed for their professional training. The test items are arranged under six skill areas: vocabulary, grammar, listening comprehension, reading comprehension, oral proficiency, and written proficiency. In each skill area, students rate their own understanding of each item. Thus, students can diagnose their specific weaknesses in relation to their proficiency requirements and work to correct them. The first version of the test was administered to 300 adult migrants enrolled in Swedish courses. An oral followup procedure was conducted by the teachers to verify whether the subjects actually knew the items they claimed to know in the self-assessment procedure. The results showed that the students' self-judgments were highly reliable. The students reported that they enjoyed the test and viewed it as a non-threatening teaching aid rather than a test. Sample items from the test are appended. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gothenburg Univ. (Sweden). Language Teaching Research Center.