ERIC Number: ED242195
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: 0
Guided Impressionistic Scoring of ESL Compositions.
WATESOL Working Papers, n1 p36-52 Fall-Win 1983-84
An adaptation of an impressionistic scoring method developed for use on student placement in an English as a second language (ESL) program is described and a correlational study of its reliability is presented. The method was chosen because of its efficiency and apparent reliability. The original emphasis of organization, length, and content of composition was modified to emphasize grammar, vocabulary, and spelling for placement purposes. Procedures used in the application of the technique are: (1) prepare composition cover sheets with numbers and a place for the student's name; (2) assign a composition topic that will take little student deliberation; (3) provide black pens for writing (for better photocopies); (4) make two copies of each composition; (5) give scorers a practice session; (6) randomly assign numbered (but not otherwise identified) compositions to scorers, who have scoring guidelines; (7) enter scores on cover sheets; (8) have compositions with a difference of more than 12 points between scorers' evaluations rescored by a third scorer; and (9) average scores for a final mark. The scoring time averages four minutes, and has proven to be reliable and valid. Guidelines for scoring and the original technique are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: George Mason University VA
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, March 16-19, 1983).