ERIC Number: ED266630
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1985
Reference Count: 0
Microcomputers and Language Testing.
Many commericially available computer programs contain test-type materials, and some courseware makes use of testing techniques as an instructional device. The area in which testing techniques are used most effectively for teaching is self-instruction. Most microcomputers operate using the BASIC language, but authoring languages are the most easily used by teachers. EXTOL, an authoring aid developed at the University of Essex (England) specifically for language teaching, has powerful testing capabilities. EXTOL uses a driver program written in PASCAL or FORTRAN, contains only 17 commands, has been used to develop multiple-choice and cloze tests, and can report the current score of correct answers to the student. The unique qualities of computers can be of use in testing in a variety of other ways, including investigating the relationship of lexical availability and cloze test performance, speed of response, speed of comprehension, and availability of structures for productive purposes. The EXTOL commands are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Practice and Problems in Language Testing 8. Papers presented at the International Language Testing Symposium of the Interuniversitare Sprachtestgruppe (IUS) (8th, Tampere, Finland, November 17-18, 1984); see FL 015 442.