ERIC Number: ED221025
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Language Proficiency Assessment: Research Findings and Their Application.
Rivera, Charlene; Simich, Carmen
Current research is reviewed for implications for language proficiency assessment practices. Research is discussed concerning adult language proficiency testing, cognitive studies which attempt to conceptualize the construct of language proficiency, development of theoretical models of communicative competence, studies investigating the validity of measures of communicative competence, and ethnographic/sociolinguistic studies of children's functional use of language. Studies and practices reviewed include the following: The Foreign Service Institute oral interview test, Clark's proposal to develop a common measure of speaking proficiency, studies on cognitive-academic language proficiency and basic interpersonal communication skills, models for identifying features of interpersonal and group communication, the distinction between and integration of sociolinguistic and linguistic competence as components of communicative proficiency, functional uses of language in bilingual and monolingual classrooms, studies on language variation, comparisons between home language skills and classroom communication, and the development of the Teacher Observation System for teacher training with a focus on ethnographic and sociolinguistic perspectives. (AMH)
Descriptors: Bilingual Education, Bilingualism, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Proficiency, Literature Reviews, Psycholinguistics, Second Language Learning, Sociolinguistics, Testing
Not available separately; see FL 013 112.
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: InterAmerica Research Associates, Rosslyn, VA.
Note: In: Issues of Language Assessment: Foundations and Research. Proceedings of the Annual Language Assessment Institute (1st, Evanston, Illinois, June 17-20, 1981). Prepared as part of the Assessing the Language Proficiency of Bilingual Persons Project.