ERIC Number: ED292840
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1987
Reference Count: N/A
The Ontario Test of English as a Second Language (OTESL): A Report on the Research.
Wesche, M.; And Others
The Ontario Test of English as a Second Language (OTESL) is a battery of instruments and procedures for evaluating the English proficiency of second language speakers in postsecondary institutions in Ontario (Canada). A Post-Admission test measures performance in reading, listening, and writing. An Oral Interaction Test is based on tasks of increasing difficulty, from social interaction to academic language. Alternative versions have been supplied for science and non-science students. A Placement test has been developed for pre-admission needs. The battery was tested with secondary, college, and English-as-a-second-language students. Reliability and validity were adequate, and on the whole, test items discriminated between better and poorer students. Further data collection and revision of test instruments are needed. Statistical analyses of data are reported in Appendix E, Tables 1 to 10. Other appendices include test specifications and assessment scales. (SLD)
Descriptors: Applied Linguistics, College Students, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Language Skills, Predictive Measurement, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Secondary Education, Statistical Analysis, Student Placement, Test Construction
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Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Ontario Ministry of Colleges and Universities, Toronto.; Ontario Dept. of Education, Toronto.
Authoring Institution: Ottawa Univ. (Ontario). Centre for Second Language Learning.