ERIC Number: ED242193
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Oct-15
Reference Count: 0
Oral Proficiency Testing in Russian.
Wing, Barbara H., Comp.; Mayewski, Sandi, Comp.
A handbook compiled for use in a one-day workshop on oral proficiency testing for teachers of Russian gives an overview of oral proficiency assessment principles and the available techniques. One section explains the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages/Educational Testing Service (ACTFL/ETS) Oral Proficiency Interview process and scale. Another section discusses the oral proficiency testing needs in Russian, focusing on tester training opportunities, tester proficiency, Russian-specific guidelines for the ACTFL/ETS test, the Russian grammar grid, the role of culture in the interview and rating, and Russian-specific situations for use in the interview. Models and instruments used in familiarization and training workshops are described in a final section, including: (1) a graphic comparison of the kinds of language proficiency scales available; (2) Interagency Language Roundtable speaking definitions; (3) the academic (ACTFL/ETS) rating scale; (4) a functional trisection model of oral proficiency scales using function, content, and accuracy as assessment criteria; (5) the Foreign Service Institute's chart of proficiency levels; (6) the four phases of the oral interview; (7) general structure of the interview; (8) question types for each level of the ACTFL/ETS test; (9) ACTFL/ETS testing protocol; and (10) the ACTFL/ETS provisional generic proficiency guidelines for speaking, listening, reading, and writing at all levels. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: New Hampshire Univ., Durham.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Oral Proficiency Testing
Note: Compiled for the Northern New England Chapter of the Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Language. Handbook presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (San Francisco, CA, November 24-26, 1983).