ERIC Number: ED191308
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
New Approaches to Assessment of Language Learning.
Jorstad, Helen L.
The possible effects of applying new assessment techniques to second language learning is dramatized by two contrasting scenarios. The first describes a high school Spanish class as we might find it today: the teaching is effective, but the best results are not being obtained. The second scenario is set in the year 1990. Here, applications of testing and evaluation procedures available already in 1980 have resulted in an ideally functioning foreign language classroom. Between the two scenarios, the current state of knowledge with regard to test development in detailed under the headings of test congruence, item preparation, standardized tests, hardware, statistical procedures, language learning, and attitudes. Emerging issues in assessment are discussed, including expertise, technology, the need for a national professional effort, recent developments, global education, the politics of change, and self-evaluation. (JB)
Descriptors: Educational Technology, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Second Language Instruction, Test Construction, Testing
Not available separately. See FL 011 610.
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Northeast Conference on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (New York, NY, April 17-19, 1980).