ERIC Number: ED183016
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979-Sep
English Language Testing. General Information Series No. 20. Indochinese Refugee Education Guides.
Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.; English Language Resource Center, Washington, DC.
Principles of test selection in English as a second language (ESL) are introduced to teachers of Indochinese refugees. No previous knowledge of ESL testing on the part of the teacher is assumed. A discussion of the characteristics of a good ESL test emphasizes the appropriateness of the test for non-native speakers, validity, reliability, and practicality. Specific types of tests are described, including: (1) discrete-point tests, exemplified by the Structure Tests-English Language (STEL) and Comprehensive English Language Test (CELT); (2) oral proficiency tests, such as the John Test and the Ilyin Oral Interview; and (3) Cloze tests as measures of readability and language ability. A guide to developing a strategy for language testing explains procedures for placement, progress, and final achievement assessment. Finally, a guide to classroom testing outlines actual procedures for administering listening, reading, speaking, and writing tests. A checklist of principles that should be observed in classroom testing is included. A bibliography of tests and teacher resources is appended. (JB)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Bibliographies, Check Lists, Cloze Procedure, Educational Testing, English (Second Language), Indochinese, Language Instruction, Language Skills, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Refugees, Resource Materials, Second Language Learning, Speech Skills, Student Placement, Test Selection, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Refugee Resettlement (DHHS), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Center for Applied Linguistics, Arlington, VA.; English Language Resource Center, Washington, DC.