ERIC Number: EJ683978
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Reference Count: 49
The Practicality and Efficiency of Web-Based Placement Testing for College-Level Language Programs
Bernhardt, Elizabeth B.; Rivera, Raymond J.; Kamil, Michael L.
Foreign Language Annals, v37 n3 p356-366 Fall 2004
Articulation is one of the principal challenges of all foreign language programs. A key component of the articulation process is an assessment of student language abilities. On college and university campuses this process is usually conducted via a placement test. As developments in proficiency research have progressed, it is clear that programs need information about a student?s grammatical command of a language as well as about their integrative use of the language specifically in speaking. This article examines the process of having students test online before their arrival on campus and provides insights into efficiencies brought about by such testing. The data for the article were generated by 679 learners of Spanish and 78 learners of German as well as by their 14 instructors and 2 language program directors.
Descriptors: College Second Language Programs, Articulation (Education), Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Student Placement, Second Language Learning, German, Spanish, Computer Assisted Testing, Internet
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Education Level: Higher Education
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