ERIC Number: ED351731
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
The SPEAK Test: International Teaching Assistants' and Instructors' Affective Reactions.
A study examined how the SPEAK (Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit) Test is perceived by both International Teaching Assistants (ITAs) and instructors at a major midwestern university where it is used as a screening instrument for hiring ITAs. Subjects, 24 ITAs from the social sciences and 24 ITAs from the math-based sciences who took the SPEAK test over a 2-year period, completed an affective reactions questionnaire. Results indicated that there was no overall significant difference in ITAs' affective reactions to the SPEAK test in terms of ethnic backgrounds, when they took the test, or their fields. Results of interviews of five ITA instructors indicated that some instructors mentioned the lack of face validity and voiced some concerns about how difficult it was to judge the overall comprehensibility of the ITA. (Ten tables of data are included; 24 references and the ITA questionnaire are attached.) (RS)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (14th, Seattle, WA, March 3-7, 1992).