ERIC Number: ED233596
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
The French Listening Comprehension Skills of Grade 6 English Program Students; Second Year of Testing. Research Report 81-10.
The results of a revised French listening comprehension test for grade 6 students are reported. The original French comprehension test consisted of 150 items presented by cassette recording. Based upon the results of the 1980 experience, test items were changed to increase the test's objective goals. A further reason for modification was the publication of the Ontario Ministry of Education Curriculum Guideline for Core French Programs. Following an evaluation based on test difficulty, index of discrimination, distribution of responses across item distractors, placement of material in the Ministry guidelines, and variety of material, a total of 88 items were not changed, an additional 17 items were retained after changes were made to either the text or the illustrations, and 5 completely new items were added. In 1981, the revised test was administered to all grade 6 Core French students in the Ottawa program. The overall mean score for 1981 was 70.3 percent whereas in 1980 it was 63.1 percent. For items that appeared in both years the difference was a two percent improvement. Overall, students understood a large proportion of individual words and simple sentences drawn from a fairly basic vocabulary. It is concluded that the revised test of French listening comprehension appears to be an appropriate instrument for testing listening skills at the grade 6 level. (RW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Board of Education (Ontario). Research Centre.
Identifiers - Location: Canada (Ottawa)