ERIC Number: ED240830
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1981
Reference Count: N/A
The Adult English as a Second Language Diagnostic Reading Test.
Reyes, Elizabeth R.; And Others
The Adult English as a Second Language Diagnostic Reading Test was developed under Adult Education Demonstration Funding. It is designed for English as a Second Language students in adult education or community college programs. The purpose is to diagnose reading strengths and weaknesses for a student or groups of students as well as to provide teachers with suggestions for planning appropriate instruction. Included in the User's Manual is a Locator Test, the AESL Diagnostic Reading Test, Sample Strategy Lessons, how to administer and score the tests, and a technical section. The Locator Test is used to accurately determine which level of the AESL Diagnostic Reading Test is most appropriate for the student to take. The Locator Test is in a cloze format with 55 blanks and requires forty-five minutes to complete. The AESL Diagnostic Reading Test has a beginning and an intermediate form; each form has two passages in a maze (multiple answer cloze) format. The number of blanks per passage ranges from 96 to 128. Each passage requires one hour to complete. Diagnosis is based on the percentage of identical responses and the percentage and type of errors made on the two passages of the maze test. The four error types are: semantically appropriate, semantically inappropriate, partially acceptable, and minimal units. After tabulating the percentages of identical and error responses for an individual or group of students, the teacher will have the information needed to develop a reading "profile" for an individual or group. This profile is then used to determine which Reading Strategy Lessons will be most helpful in meeting the students' needs. (Author)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Cloze Procedure, Community Colleges, Diagnostic Tests, English (Second Language), Postsecondary Education, Reading Diagnosis, Reading Instruction, Reading Tests, Test Interpretation, Test Manuals, Two Year Colleges
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Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Sponsor: California State Dept. of Education, Sacramento.
Authoring Institution: Association of California School Administrators, Burlingame. Foundation for Educational Administration.