ERIC Number: ED345487
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1988
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Overcoming Difficulties in Testing Oral Competency: A Discussion of Facilitating Factors.
Phillips, Elaine M.
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v1 n1 p55-69 Spr 1988
Because interest in oral proficiency on the part of foreign language educators has persisted on several fronts, the common problems that teachers face in implementing oral testing are discussed, and possible solutions are offered. The problems discussed include the following: (1) how to find the time; (2) how to develop tests; and (3) how to evaluate performance. Suggested solutions include setting up role-playing situations for small groups of students and using a simplified evaluative scale to relieve some of the burden of oral testing. Testing students in groups of two to four at a time greatly reduces the teacher's time and also helps alleviate some of the students' anxiety about testing. Regularly administered tests of speaking skills that relate to materials covered in class, as opposed to standardized tests, and proficiency exams dealing with global ability are useful. Open-ended situations work best for intermediate and advanced level students. A simple grading system is outlined. Contains 11 references. (LB)
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