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ERIC Number: ED119463
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1976
Pages: 19
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
Assessing Oral Communication in Adult Program English Second Language Classes.
Ilyin, Donna
Even though modern methods of teaching emphasize listening and speaking, seldom are students of English tested in a standardized way on their ability to communicate through these skills. Many people learn to communicate well enough to conduct daily affairs in a new language, yet are unable to read, write, or speak any educated form of it. They are often required to take tests designed for native speakers or for foreign students entering colleges and universities in the United States. Such tests are inappropriate and too difficult for most students enrolled in adult school ESL (English as a Second Language) courses. These students need tests designed and developed on adult school ESL students. They especially need tests that measure their ability to understand and communicate orally--even if inaccurately. This paper describes the development and field testing of an oral interview designed to assess oral communication in a contextual setting. While the test is easy to administer, examiners must become familiar with its uniqueness. It is hoped that the interview will be useful to ESL programs, basic education programs, industry, and employment agencies in more objectively assessing foreign and second language speakers' oral levels of English proficiency. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Revised edition of paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) (New Orleans, Louisiana, March 3-7, 1971)