ERIC Number: ED248695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Oral Language Proficiency Testing at the Foreign Service Institute. An Update--1983.
Crawford, Gary D.; And Others
The Foreign Service Institute (FSI) has been engaged in oral language proficiency testing theory and practice for more than 20 years. The FSI test has been consistent during this time in format, evaluation criteria, performance standards, and level definitions. Current concerns about the degree of standardization of the format and the strength of the inferences drawn from the test motivated the efforts to improve it. It was decided to revise: (1) the evaluation criteria by adding "discourse competence," reconstituting "structural precision," expanding "lexicalization," redefining "fluency," and de-limiting "comprehension;" (2) the performance standards, resulting in generic standards to describe performance with regard to six factors (blocking, dysfunctional, intrusive, acceptable, successful, and superior); and (3) the test format, resulting in standard stimuli common to tests in all languages and now consisting of three separate parts (a conversation, an interview task, and a briefing). (Author/MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Foreign Service (Dept. of State), Washington, DC. Foreign Service Inst.