ERIC Number: ED107161
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Testing Language Proficiency.
Jones, Randall L., Ed.; Spolsky, Bernard, Ed.
This publication is a compilation of the papers presented at the 1974 Washington Language Testing Sumposium. The volume also includes much of the discussion that followed each paper. The participants were an international group of language testing specialists from academic institutions, research centers, and government agencies. The primary focus of the symposium was language proficiency testing, especially as it relates to the use of foreign languages on the job. The papers are organized under four headings: (1) Testing Speaking Proficiency--"Testing Language Proficiency in the United States Government," R. L. Jones; "Theoretical and Technical Considerations in Oral Proficiency Testing," J. L. D. Clark; "The Oral Interview Test," C. P. Wilds; (2) Testing Listening Comprehension--"Testing Communicative Competence in Listening Comprehension," P. J. M. Groot; "Reduced Redundancy Testing; A Progress Report," H. L. Gradman and B. Spolsky; "Dictation: A Test of Grammar Based Expectancies," J. W. Oller, Jr. and V. Streiff; (3) Testing Reading Comprehension--"Contextual Testing," J. Bondaruk, J. Child, and E. Tetrault; "Some Theoretical Problems and Practical Solutions in Proficiency Test Validity," C. R. Petersen and F. A. Cartier; "Two Tests of Speeded Reading," A. Davies; (4) Other Considerations--"Problems of Syllabus, Curriculum, and Testing in Connection with Modern Language Programmes for Adult Europe," G. Nickel. The concluding statement, by B. Spolsky, and a list of contributors to the conference are also provided. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Conference Reports, Curriculum Guides, Language Ability, Language Fluency, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Tests, Linguistic Performance, Listening Comprehension, Listening Comprehension Tests, Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, Speech Communication, Test Construction, Test Validity, Testing, Testing Problems
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Publication Type: Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.