ERIC Number: ED217729
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Towards a Practical Model of a Communicative Competence Testing Program.
Fischer, Robert A.
This paper examines the relationship between linguistic and communicative competence in terms of the student's acquisition of French as a foreign language and the interface of testing for each competence in the context of achievement testing. Reaching an acceptable level of communicative competence requires practice and guidance in understanding the structure of the language (linguistic competence) as well as in using it in realistic situations. If a testing program is to be successful, it must be consonant with the goals of the course. If articulate or literate communicative competence is a major goal, then tests of both linguistic and communicative competence must be included. In an experiment, specifications of linguistic and communicative competence testing were isolated, and a program was developed to test periodically the degree to which the student had organized the various language structures presented in class and was able to use them in communicative situations. The program was tested in first year level university French classes. The experimental group received cyclic tests which integrated the two competences; the control groups received traditional discrete point tests. Analysis of the data revealed that the control groups achieved a higher level of both linguistic and communicative competence. (AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Educational Objectives, French, Higher Education, Integrated Activities, Language Research, Language Tests, Linguistic Competence, Second Language Learning, Skill Development, Teaching Methods, Testing
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Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: In its: Practice and Problems in Language Testing. Proceedings of the International Language Testing Symposium of the Interuniversitare Sprachtesgruppe (4th, Essex, England, September 14-17, 1981).