ERIC Number: ED234607
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Toward a Model for ESL Program Evaluation.
Robertson, Daniel L.
The variables that must be considered in English as a second language (ESL) program evaluation, major educational evaluation models, and a standards-based model for ESL program evaluation are discussed. Different ESL programs are examined including intensive programs and adult and university programs. Program variables such as subject matter, learner characteristics, academic setting, and length and intensity of training are addressed. Commonly used models for program evaluation are noted, such as systems analysis, behavioral objectives, management analysis, goal-free, art criticism, professional review, adversarial, and case study. The features of these models are related to problems presented by the ESL field. It is shown that, while all of these models can contribute to ESL evaluation, each is inadequate by itself to fairly evaluate ESL programs. A model for ESL program evaluation is presented which is based on standards for educational evaluations rather than on different kinds of evaluation approaches. This composite model draws upon features of other models and provides a mechanism for defining the evaluation problem and designing the evaluation. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Convention of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (17th, Toronto, Ontario, Canada, March 15-20, 1983).