ERIC Number: ED223111
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
Assessing the Oral Proficiency of Prospective Foreign Teaching Assistants: Instruments Development.
Hinofotis, Frances B.; And Others
The language problems of foreign teaching assistants (TAs) at American universities are formidable. At UCLA, the ESL Section of the English Department has responded to the needs of foreign TAs through the development of an advanced course in oral communication that focuses on teaching-related skills. A research project has been undertaken as well. This paper reports on an outgrowth of the project, the pilot stage in the development of an instrument to be used in assessing the language proficiency of prospective TAs. A panel of raters used the instrument to evaluate video-tapes of students performing a role-play task. Regression analyses were run on the data in an attempt to determine which of the categories on the instrument best predict the overall scores assigned by the raters. In addition to evaluating the subjects on the basis of both global ratings and a series of performance categories, the raters were asked to indicate whether each subject's English was good enough for him or her to be a TA. On the basis of this study, substantive changes have been effected in the instrument. Further refinements should lead to a performance test of oral proficiency for screening foreign applicants for teaching assistantships. Copies of the rating instrument are appended. (Author/AMH)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), English (Second Language), Foreign Students, Higher Education, Language Proficiency, Predictive Measurement, Teaching Assistants, Test Construction, Testing
Not available separately; see FL 013 318.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In its: The Construct Validation of Tests of Communicative Competence.