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ERIC Number: ED317084
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
Pages: 18
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Assessment of Foreign Language Majors: An Alternative to the ACTFL Proficiency Tests.
Zdenek, Joseph W.
While the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages' (ACTFL) proficiency guidelines have many proponents, critics find testing according to the guidelines costly and time-consuming. Winthrop College (South Carolina) has developed an approach to testing foreign language majors that tests all skill areas, can be administered using no teacher time, and produces raw and percentile scores and a wider range of score results than the ACTFL test. Initially considered essentially diagnostic, used early in the program to allow for remedial work, the test was later approved as a screening measure for students planning to student teach and subsequently as a graduation requirement for all French and Spanish majors. Advantages of the test include the broad scoring range and the use of familiar and readily interpreted percentiles. The measure includes reading, writing, and oral components. Knowledge of culture and literature are not assessed. The oral test portion incorporates five skill categories (comprehension, grammar, vocabulary, fluency, and accent). A weighted evaluation option is also provided for students who have significant difficulty with one question. The test is seen as useful in assessing both student progress and program effectiveness. The catalog description, norms, and some test forms are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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