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ERIC Number: ED345499
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992
Pages: 24
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Trait Development in an Intensive ESL Course for Adolescents: Grammatical Knowledge and Communicative Ability.
Turner, Carolyn; Upshur, Jack
In a variation of the traditional research report, the background and design of a study of second language acquisition are described, but no substantive results are reported. The intent of the report is to stimulate thinking about theory in language testing. Two questions are investigated: What is it that children learn in second language classes?; and How do those things influence each other as abilities develop? The study is placed in the context of intensive programs in English as a Second Language (ESL) within the francophone school system of Quebec, Canada; and of two contrasting views of trait development based on acquisition of grammatical competence or communicative competence as the trait driving further learning. Seven test pairs were developed, each using a different measurement method, with one test in each pair measuring grammatical and one measuring communicative competence. These prototype measures were validated and a variety of alternate trait indicators identified. A time series study of trait development will be undertaken using these measures. Questions concerning the interpretability of the results are currently under consideration, including number of indicators needed, interchangeability of measurement methods, and use of an abbreviated or simplified testing model. A 23-item bibliography, testing models, and test method examples are appended. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada