ERIC Number: ED282412
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Jan
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Listening, a Single Trait in First and Second Language Learning.
de Jong, John H. A. L.
Toegepaste taalwetenschap in artikelen 20, n3 p66-79 Jan 1984
A study investigated the validity of an English listening skills test by comparing the results of native American and British English speakers with those of Dutch students of English as a second language. A hypothesis suggested that two-thirds of the items would test listening skills and the remaining third would test other knowledge. Test results were analyzed according to both classical test theory and the Rasch item response theory. The findings showed the test to be disappointing as a measure of listening comprehension skills, but did suggest that the language listening ability of first- and second-language learners can be measured along a single variable that can be distinguished from age and educational background. (MSE)
Descriptors: Age Differences, Comparative Analysis, Correlation, Educational Background, English (Second Language), Language Processing, Language Skills, Language Tests, Listening Comprehension, Native Speakers, Second Language Learning, Statistical Analysis, Test Length, Test Reliability, Test Validity
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A