ERIC Number: ED342215
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1986
Reference Count: N/A
The Development of an Interview Test for Adult Migrants. Proficiency in English as a Second Language.
Griffin, Patrick E.; And Others
The third of three reports resulting from a study of the developing proficiency of adult migrants in English as a Second Language (ESL), this document describes the outcomes of a Victoria, Australia, research and development project to develop mechanisms for implementing evaluation procedures within the Adult Migrant Education Program (AMEP). The primary aims of the project were as follows: (1) to survey two or more education centers to identify testing and assessment tools currently used in ESL instruction; (2) to review program evaluation and student assessment practices; (3) to review the literature on language testing and assessment and then identify the range of components that would be useful in course-specific tests; and (4) to recommend and develop appropriate assessment tools. The first four chapters of this report cover the study background, an overview of program evaluation models, issues in language testing and proficiency, and discussions of measurement models, while the last three chapters cover the organizing principle, construction, and development of a suitable proficiency test. The test developed is called the Interview Test of English as a Second Language (ITESL); it can be used for a variety of purposes; e.g., detailed diagnosis of clients' specific strengths and weaknesses; monitoring the development of clients' oral proficiency; and placement of clients on the basis of oral proficiency. Plans for AMEP evaluation and equivalence tables are appended, and 13 figures supplement the narrative. Contains 95 references. (LB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Victoria Ministry of Education, West Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia