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ERIC Number: ED081866
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1973-Aug
Pages: 97
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The Comparison of One Teacher's Oral Language Assessment and a Panel of Experts' Oral Language Assessment of Ten Blacks.
Lawhon, Susan Harvin
Numerous investigations of the relationship of oral language skills to the acquisition of reading show that the nonstandard language of the child accounts, at least in part, for classroom failure. Even a teacher who is well informed about the nature of nonstandard language and its relationship to reading and academic success requires a valid oral language test instrument to evaluate his students and plan accordingly. One test which has been used successfully with over 1,500 students from different cultural and ethnic background throughout the United States is the "Gloria and David Beginning English Test Six." This sentence repetition test has been found highly reliable for evaluating language in terms of language dominance (Standard English, Negro Nonstandard English, or Spanish); and Standard American English comprehension, production, phonology, inflections and syntax. The purpose of this study was to determine if 50 tapes are required to adequately train someone to use the test. The research design involved evaluating the oral language performance of ten black children at three different times and correlating these ratings with the mean ratings of 15 linguistic experts. Since the author of the test felt 50 tapes would be required to train one teacher, the study was constructed around this number. (Author/JM)
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