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ERIC Number: ED232434
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan
Pages: 29
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: 0
The Validity and Reliability of an Haitian-Creole Oral Proficiency Test: A Report to the School Board of Dade County, Florida.
Tennis, Mel H.
The results of a newly developed Haitian-Creole oral proficiency test are presented. The test is administered in Haitian-Creole to Creole-speaking and limited-speaking Haitian-origin children at two educational levels: grades kindergarten through 3 and grades 4-6. The test is designed to assess the child's language proficiency in three linguistic areas: semantic, phonological, and syntactic. Five parts of the test consist of discrimination of minimal sound differences from word pairs, vocabulary, phonemes, sentence comprehension, and oral production. Results of the test administration in four Miami, Florida, samples are presented. The test was moderately easy for kindergarten pupils, easy for students in grades 1-2, and too easy for grades 5-6 students. The coefficients of reliability ranged from .88 to .97, which indicate that the test is internally consistent. Performance on the test is correlated highly with the Haitian teachers' ratings of pupils' ability to speak their native language. However, teachers' nominations of pupils with respect to academic standing were not related to performance on the proficiency test. The intercorrelation of part and total scores on the test generally were high and positive, suggesting the influence of one trait such as oral language skill. However, the few zero correlations that appear suggest that there may be two or more independent variables. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A