ERIC Number: ED224318
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: N/A
Business Spanish: A Testing/Learning Device.
Fritz, Robert Karl
A technique for measuring the acquisition of Spanish skills is described. The technique is designed for fourth-year advanced Spanish students enrolled in business Spanish. It not only tests the students but promotes learning by requiring the use of new vocabulary items and comprehension of printed texts. Students are given a text with 25 to 30 words highlighted to reveal their use in context. They are then required to compose a passage using the words correctly. Points are given for correct choice of items, grammar, and content. Based on the philosophy that students should have frequent opportunities to devise their own means of learning a language, the test can be retaken at intervals. With each retake, the student produces a different composition, but each composition can be graded according to standard criteria. The types of texts that can be used, ways of presenting the material, teaching methods, and grading procedures are detailed. (RW)
Descriptors: Business, Higher Education, Language Tests, Languages for Special Purposes, Reading Comprehension, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Testing, Vocabulary, Writing (Composition)
Not available separately; see FL 013 333.
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Eastern Michigan University Conference on Spanish for Bilingual Careers in Business (Ypsilanti, MI, March 18-20, 1982).