ERIC Number: ED176590
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Testing Oral Communication in the Foreign Language Classroom. Language in Education: Theory and Practice, No. 17.
Bartz, Walter H.
The construction of tests of oral competence in a foreign language requires consideration of several factors. The face validity of the test, or the degree to which students feel they are performing a real communicative act, is illustrated with a number of model testing situations. Content validity, or the ability of a test to measure what has been learned by students, is demonstrated by sample tests at the beginning and intermediate levels. Criteria for scoring tests are illustrated with further examples from description and listening tests. Finally, rating scales are discussed with a variety of examples. A brief bibliography is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Instruction, Language Tests, Rating Scales, Scoring, Second Language Learning, Speech Communication, Test Construction, Test Validity
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1611 N. Kent Street, Arlington, Virginia 22209 ($2.95)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Collected Works - Serials
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.