ERIC Number: ED281391
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: 0
Testing Skills in Expository Writing through Reading Comprehension.
A proficiency examination developed for placing non-native English-speakers in appropriate expository writing courses is described. The instrument is a multiple-choice examination containing items that test specific expository writing skills through reading skills. The rationale for including such items for placement in expository writing courses, sample items, and psychometric information regarding test item validity and reliability are discussed. The use of the test in 1986-87 has resulted in better placement of students in expository writing courses and made it possible for the courses to meet the academic needs of non-native English-speaking students more efficiently. (MSE)
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Cohesion (Written Composition), Correlation, English (Second Language), Evaluation Criteria, Expository Writing, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Multiple Choice Tests, Reading Comprehension, Student Placement, Test Format, Test Items, Test Reliability, Test Use, Test Validity, Writing Skills
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (19th, New York, NY, April 8-14, 1985).