ERIC Number: ED277282
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Some Issues in the Testing of Vocabulary Knowledge.
Read, John; Nation, Paul
A review of the literature on a variety of issues related to testing vocabulary knowledge in a second language addresses these topics: problems in estimating vocabulary size, including the related questions of what constitutes a word, how a sample should be selected, and what are the criteria for knowing a word; sampling the basic and specialized vocabulary of second language learners; diagnostic use of tests of vocabulary knowledge and the construction of such tests; the checklist as an alternative diagnostic measure; problems related to testing words in isolation; and the distinction between receptive and productive vocabulary knowledge. (MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Check Lists, Classification, Comparative Analysis, Diagnostic Tests, Evaluation Criteria, Expressive Language, Item Sampling, Language Tests, Language Usage, Receptive Language, Second Language Instruction, Test Construction, Test Format, Test Items, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at a language testing symposium in honor of John B. Carroll and Robert Lado (Quiryat Anavim, Israel, May 11-13, 1986).