ERIC Number: ED297570
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1988-Jan
Reference Count: N/A
ELTS Revision Project: A New International Test of English Proficiency for Overseas Students.
Ingram, D. E.; Clapham, Caroline
The English Language Testing Service (ELTS) Revision Project is a joint British and Australian effort to develop a new test of English language proficiency for use with foreign students. The existing test, in use for seven years, is being radically revised to combine indirect, semi-direct, and direct test types and to focus on both general and academic language proficiency. The report explains the project's purpose, discusses Australia's interest in the test's revision, describes the current test's construction and use, and outlines the revision project. The latter section discusses the reasons for making substantial changes, the pattern, content, and administration of the revised test, the research team, and the future of the project. The new test is scheduled for initial use in Britain, Australia, and Canada in 1989. It is concluded that the revised test will be an essentially new test reflecting the state-of-the-art in language testing. It will be administered to tens of thousands of foreign students each year and may substantially affect students' courses of study. It is also considered to be commercially viable and subject to ongoing research because of the data base it will generate. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: British Council, London (England).
Authoring Institution: Lancaster Univ. (England). Inst. for English Language Education.
Note: Paper presented at the combined Annual World Congress on Language Learning of the Federation Internationale des Professeurs de Langues Vivantes (16th) and Biennial National Languages Conference of the Australian Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations (7th, Australian National University, Canberra, Australia, January 4-8, 1988).