ERIC Number: ED329098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1979
The Goldstein-Silberberg-Karmel GOSIKA English Language Oral Proficiency Examination.
Goldstein, Irwin; And Others
The purpose of this test is to evaluate a non-native speaking student's speaking knowledge of the basic structures of English, using the most frequently used words in the English Language. The test does not attempt to determine vocabulary level or student's ability to learn vocabulary effectively, rather the test focuses exclusively on aural/oral ability, breaking the communication process into specific basic aural/oral skills. The test can be used for placement in English-as-a-Second-Language instruction and diagnosis of specific problems. Test features include a simple, objective scoring system and testing procedures requiring no reading or writing. The scoring system takes into account the frustration level of the student by making the administration of more advanced sections contingent on successful completion of less advanced sections. Test items assess:(1) receptive ability; (2) ability to repeat verbatim; (3) simple production skills (declarative sentences); (4) article usage; (5) question formation; (6) negation; (7) comparisons; and (8) free expression. The guide describes the test sections for these skills, outlines scoring norms and score conversions, reports on the test's validity and reliability, gives general instructions for test administration, and includes pictures used in the test. (MSE)
Publication Type: Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Agudath Israel of America, New York, NY.