ERIC Number: ED133770
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1975
Reference Count: 0
Assessment of Spoken English.
This study examined the usefulness of an evaluation procedure designed to measure performance in spoken English. Rating involved assessment of the prose reading and conversation skills of 57 first-year students at Wellington Teachers' College, New Zealand. Specific topics of investigation included the consistency of "general impression" ratings between evaluators, the extent to which teachers can differentiate between factors on the rating scale, the degree of correlation between assessment of prose reading and conversation, the performance differences between younger and older students, and differences between evaluator ratings in a live interview and in a taped session. Many factors were found to influence the assessment of oral language--the personality of the evaluator, the number of evaluators used, and the administrative practicability of the test instrument itself. Other findings indicated that a high correlation existed between ratings of taped and live situations, that older students performed better than did younger students, that a fair degree of consensus was achieved between evaluators, and that prose reading and conversation were two different skills. (KS)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: New Zealand Council for Educational Research, Wellington.