ERIC Number: ED206179
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Apr
Subjective and Objective Assessment of Foreign Language Performance: Discussion and Some Experimental Findings. Work Papers from the Language Teaching Research Center, No. 24.
The first part of the paper presents theoretical arguments in favor of more student-centered approaches to the evaluation of progress in foreign language learning. It is argued that subective self-assessment procedures are not necessarily less reliable than objective tests and that the language student cannot assume full responsibility for the learning situation until self-assessment of progress in relation to personal goals has been taught. Problems in language testing are discussed. The second part reports on experiments which aimed at finding out to what degree adult learners are capable of making accurate judgments of their own proficiency in a foreign language. In most of the experiments, subjects were asked to assess their proficiency levels in relation to concrete performance objectives. Finally, the paper describes a formalized and objective method of measuring the four language skills. This is contrasted with evaluation techniques which make use of impressionistic self-assessment tools. It is argued that the learner should be given more responsibility for the evaluation of his/her own learning and that use of self-assessment techniques should be expanded. (Author)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Gothenburg Univ. (Sweden). Language Teaching Research Center.
Note: Paper presented at the Regional Seminar on Evaluation and Measurement of Language Competence and Performance (Singapore, April 21-25, 1980).