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ERIC Number: ED172588
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Testing Kit. School of Language Studies.
Adams, Marianne Lehr, Ed.
A manual for use in training French and Spanish language examiners at the Foreign Service Institute is presented here. After a discussion of the history of the language proficiency test and of the testing procedure and evaluation techniques, the following topics are covered: (1) language proficiency ratings based on the absolute criterion of the command of an educated native speaker of the language; (2) self appraisal of speaking proficiency; (3) the nature of the test; (4) the assignment of "plus" ratings; (5) the language proficiency check list and instructions for its use; (6) instructions for using the numerical rating procedure; (7) a weighting table for use with the proficiency check list to determine ratings; (8) suggested topics for an oral test; (9) questions for examiners; (10) suggestions and questions for testing candidates who appear to be above the elementary level; (11) an explanatory section in French for French examiners and one in Spanish for Spanish examiners; (12) grammatical criteria in French and in Spanish that indicate to some degree the control of the language; (13) a general description of the accompanying tapes; (14) examples of examiners' comments and ratings for all levels of both French and Spanish tests; and (15) suggestions for selection of reading materials. (AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), French, Interviews, Language Fluency, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Linguistic Competence, Linguistic Performance, Postsecondary Education, Rating Scales, Reading Ability, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Speech Communication, Speech Skills, Testing
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Service (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Foreign Service Inst.
Note: A revised and expanded edition, including 8 cassette tapes, will be available in November, 1979