ERIC Number: ED123886
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Testing for Meaning and Communication in the Foreign Language Classroom.
WAFLT Bulletin, Fall 1975
Testing in foreign language classrooms is characterized by excessive preoccupation with students' ability to manipulate small grammatical features, while testing of communication is conspicuously absent. Furthermore, current testing is often done for the purpose of generating labels for students or for their post-instructional performance. This paper suggests that evaluators add another purpose: to discover what they know already and what they don't know yet. Testing of communication of meaningful content, with focus on all four language skills, should also be added. In this paper test items exemplifying these concepts are contrasted with traditional test questions. Although the incorporation of these concepts in foreign language testing will not radically change the status quo, perhaps it will promote the development of students who are more capable of communicating with other human beings, and help them to become more knowledgeable, sensitive, self-actualizing and fully functioning individuals. (DB)
Publication Type: Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Association of Foreign Language Teachers, Whitewater.