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ERIC Number: ED123261
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1976-Apr
Pages: 13
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Sentence Repetition as a Language Assessment Technique; Some Issues and Applications.
Natalicio, Diana S.
The need for adequate language assessment techniques has grown as schools attempt to deal with linguistically different pupils. Many testing procedures have been developed to meet this need; sentence repetition is one such procedure. This paper briefly reviews three issues which have been raised concerning sentence repetition as a language assessment technique: (1) the nature of the repetition process; (2) the "naturalness" of the repetition test format; and (3) the repetition test's capacity to reveal the language competence of children. It is argued that successful sentence repetition involves language processing, not the mere mimicry of syllables, and that within the typical constraints of most testing situations, the repetition technique is as "natural" as other assessment procedures in providing insights into children's language competence. Three possible applications of the repetition technique to specific language testing contexts are briefly reviewed. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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