ERIC Number: ED217730
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Sep
Reference Count: N/A
Report on an Experiment in Activated Group Achievement Testing for Advanced Students of Spoken English.
Hayward, T.; And Others
One of a series of experiments attempting to overcome practical constraints on testers is described. This test was based on rehearsed communicative situations that were recorded by groups of students. The subjects of the experiment were 250 students in their first year of study for a joint language degree who were following a 12-week spoken English course. Following each phase of 2 or 3 weeks, each group of four students was given a written description of an incident or scene. Their task was to prepare and record a dialogue related to the incident or scene. Cassette recordings as well as live performances during the course were assessed for authenticity, interaction, idiom/register, and intonation. Evaluators listened to each element in turn for about 60 seconds and established a"level" grade; the remaining time was used to refine and revise notes on the 60-second samples. The benefits of the test where there are large numbers of students are that they are involved in interaction activities, skills are reinforced, and a heightened level of out-of-class preparation is insured. An attractive feature for the tester is increased skill in making rapid assessments of communicative performance based on experience and established criteria. Samples of test situations are attached. (AMH)
Descriptors: Achievement Rating, Communicative Competence (Languages), Conversational Language Courses, English (Second Language), Group Instruction, Higher Education, Language Tests, Second Language Instruction, Situational Tests, Speech Communication, Tape Recordings
Not available separately; see FL 013 014.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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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).