ERIC Number: ED060771
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Foreign Language Testing: Theory and Practice. Language and the Teacher: A Series in Applied Linguistics, Volume 15.
Clark, John L. D.
This volume, one in a series in applied linguistics, is a concise handbook of testing theory and practice in foreign language instruction. Two broad categories, "prognosis" and the "evaluation of attainment," are treated in five major chapters, including: (1) prognostic measurement, (2) achievement measurement, (3) proficiency measurement, (4) knowledge measurement, and (5) the role of published tests. The final chapter is particularly concerned with the basic characteristics of published foreign language tests, especially standardized skill tests, and discusses the role which these tests can play in the overall language evaluation program. A major purpose which underlies all of the discussion is that of engaging the teacher or the other test user in carefully analyzing and critically evaluating the measurement instruments which he uses or intends to use in a particular evaluation context. (RL)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Applied Linguistics, Instructional Program Divisions, Item Analysis, Language Instruction, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Measurement Techniques, Modern Languages, Predictive Measurement, Prognostic Tests, Reliability, Scoring, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Testing, Testing Programs
Center for Curriculum Development, Inc., 401 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pa. 19106 ($3.60)
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