ERIC Number: ED242211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Techniques in Testing.
Madsen, Harold S.
This book on language tests and test use for English as a second language is aimed at both experienced and inexperienced teachers in both grade school and adult education. The text begins with an introduction to the history of language testing, including its value for both students and teachers, and its current state and types of tests available. Part I, on testing mastery of language subskills, contains three chapters, one each on vocabulary tests, grammar tests, and pronunciation tests. Each of these chapters contains several sections describing different testing techniques, including techniques for beginning through advanced learners. Techniques for developing the various kinds of exam questions are covered in the activities section of each chapter. Part II looks at tests measuring communication skills, particularly integrative skills. Chapters in this part discuss reading, writing, listening, and speaking tests and describe techniques for all levels of language learners. An activities unit concludes each chapter as in Part I. A final chapter outlines methods for evaluating test validity, reliability, and affect. Descriptions of commercial tests are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: Adult Education, Elementary Secondary Education, English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Language Skills, Language Tests, Second Language Instruction, Test Construction, Test Use, Testing
Oxford University Press, 200 Madison Ave., New York, NY 10016 (ISBN-0-19-434132-1, $5.95).
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Books
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In the series: Teaching Techniques in English as a Second Language.