ERIC Number: ED296576
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Mar
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Communicative Talk in Interview-Type Assessment of Spoken English.
Lee, William R.
The primary purpose of the interview-type of language proficiency evaluation is to get a rough idea of the language learner's ability at oral communicative exchange. However, interview examinations are often structured in such a way that true exchange is unlikely. Questions elicit obvious answers in a way unlike everyday conversation. Potential obstacles to real conversational exchange include tension surrounding the examination, the examiner's manner, the seating arrangement, the subject matter of the exchange, and the number of people involved in the exchange. Reduction of this "paraphernalia of intimidation" would allow learners to do more justice to their own English language ability. While it is difficult to reduce some sources of student tension, the examiner's flexibility and relaxed manner and a comfortable seating arrangement that does not put the examiner and learner in direct opposition can eliminate some tension. The learner could also be allowed to choose the subject matter to encourage him to speak openly about things that are interesting and familiar to him. Group assessment, in which those being evaluated converse with each other in pairs or small groups, under the direction of an interlocutor, shows promise as an assessment technique. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (22nd, Chicago, IL, March 8-13, 1988).