ERIC Number: ED116478
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
English as a Second Language in Kindergarten--Testing Young Children. Preschool Education Series, No. 3. Indochinese Refugee Education Guides.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.
This guide first points out the difficulty and the lack of reliability involved in using tests to evaluate the abilities of children from linguistically and culturally diverse backgrounds. Suggestions are then given for using existing evaluation techniques to test the English language proficiency of children at kindergarten level. The following are the main points emphasized: (1) keep tests short, (2) keep them simple, (3) keep them pleasant, (4) test in small groups, and (5) tape record all speech samples. Suggestions for testing the recognition of contrastive sounds, grammatical structures, and sound production in English conclude the guide. (TL)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Grammar, Indochinese, Kindergarten, Language Ability, Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Tests, Measurement Techniques, Preschool Education, Refugees, Second Language Learning, Student Evaluation, Syntax, Test Bias, Test Construction, Test Validity, Testing
Publication Type: Guides - General
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.
Note: Adapted from "Teaching English as a Second Language in the Kindergarten," by Muriel Saville-Troike; For related documents, see FL 007 354-357