ERIC Number: ED198726
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980
Reference Count: 0
Setting Standards in English Language.
Corbett, Peter C.
A case is made for the use of "banding" as a method of assessing language progress. In a banding system, the range of language proficiency from beginner to native speaker is divided into bands, each one representing a distinct, discernible, and describable level of ability. Banding seems to be most useful in circumstances when the specific purpose for which the person is studying a language can be specified, and when standardized tests of the specific variety needed are not available. In addition, it is useful when the test population is small and the course is an experimental one. An instance of testing reading comprehension and evaluating the outcomes according to the banding system is described. Twenty-nine students representing a cross-section of the graduate students at the English Language Center in Saudi Arabia were tested. Results indicated that: (1) successful banding seems possible only when teachers and test designers are clear about the kind and level of language proficiency expected; and (2) test designers can help maintain good banding standards by designing a variety of tests, each one tailored to particular needs. A copy of the reading comprehension test described is appended. (AMH)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the International Symposium on Educational Testing (4th, Antwerp, Belgium, June 24-27, 1980).