ERIC Number: ED107108
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1974-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Approaches to the Testing of Communicative Competence.
Bartz, Walter H.; Schulz, Renate A.
While most foreign language programs list communicative language use as a primary goal, classroom tests seldom reflect this objective but rather focus on discrete-point linguistic competence. The authors present a model of the communication process and point to the main task in constructing tests of communicative competence: devising simulated communicative situations in which the student can send or receive an extended message to fulfill a situational task requirement within his limited range of the target language vocabulary and structures. Examples of items for testing listening comprehension, reading, writing, speaking, as well as integrative skill use are given, and problems of administering and scoring tests of communicative competence are discussed. The paper concludes by summarizing student reactions to tests of communicative competence actually administered in a classroom situation. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Central States Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (Milwaukee, Wisconsin, April 1974)