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ERIC Number: ED301030
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1983-Jun
The Development of Bilingual Proficiency. Interim Report on the First Year of Research, Second Year Report, and Appendices.
Allen, Patrick; And Others
The first two years of a study of the development of bilingual language proficiency are reported in separate volumes. The core of the work during this period was the development of a model of language proficiency. Other related studies addressed topics such as the relationship between aspects of language proficiency and scoring methodology on proficiency tests; the role of native language transfer in some of the written production data gathered; the relationship between language use patterns, language attitudes, and proficiency in English and Portuguese in Toronto; and ethnographic aspects of a francophone school and a Chinese community. The development and extensive piloting of an observation instrument called COLT (Communicative Orientation of Language Teaching) designed to capture the communicative orientation of a variety of second language classrooms is also described in detail. Further project activities for years 3-5 are outlined. Extensive related materials appended to the first year report include papers on the specifications and use of a factor analysis model; proficiency tests developed by the project; report of a preliminary observation scheme; a questionnaire for 12th grade students of Portuguese background; and 3 conference reports. The separately bound appendices to the second year report include, among other project-related papers, a discussion of issues regarding coding speech data; the COLT observation scheme and teacher questionnaire; tests and questionnaires used in the Portuguese study, and a detailed account of the Chinese community/school study. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, Ottawa (Ontario).
Authoring Institution: Ontario Inst. for Studies in Education, Toronto.
Identifiers - Location: Canada; Canada (Toronto)