ERIC Number: ED154614
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Mar
Reference Count: 0
Language Dominance Testing: Some Questions.
Kuhlman, Natalie A.
This paper examines the usage of testing instruments to identify the language and dialect dominance of children. In order not to misuse language assessment tests, a careful distinction must be made between the terms "language proficiency,""language preference," and "relative language proficiency." Differences in the several types of language assessment instruments must also be taken into consideration. These differences include type of data provided, such as information on pronunciation or syntax, and required skill levels for test administrators and evaluators. Questionnaires, story-telling, question-answer format, and combination tests, such as the Language Ability Scales (LAS), are examples of language assessment instruments requiring different skills and measuring different features. An example is given of a language assessment model that yields only limited information, due to lack of sufficient preparation on the part of the administrators. It is suggested that the following model should be followed: (1) tests must be selected with specific criteria in mind; (2) the test administrators should meet certain qualifications, such as sufficient training; (3) the primary invesstigator should have formal linguistic training; and (4) an in-service course should be given, to those responsible for usage of test results, in the areas of sociolinguistics, structure of Standard American English and dialects tested, and language acquisition. (Author/AM)
Descriptors: Administrator Qualifications, Bilingualism, Child Language, English (Second Language), Language Dominance, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Measurement Instruments, Measurement Techniques, Models, Questionnaires, Test Interpretation, Test Reliability, Test Results, Test Selection, Testing
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the annual meeting of the California Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (7th, San Francisco, California, March 3-5, 1978)