ERIC Number: ED353863
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Sep
Learner Assessment in Adult ESL Literacy. ERIC Q & A.
Wrigley, Heide Spruck
This document focuses on assessing Adult English-as-a-Second-language (ESL) literacy skills. Implementing and developing sound assessments for ESL literacy has become a big challenge--a task made even more difficult because a framework for assessments that provide useful data for ESL literacy programs has not yet been developed. To help clarify some of the issues, this document compares standardized tests and alternative assessments and provides some examples of effective alternative assessments used in the field. Specific sections address the following: (1) how ESL is currently assessed; (2) what the role of standardized testing is in adult ESL literacy; (3) what kinds of standardized tests are common; (4) what some of the advantages and shortcomings are of standardized tests; (5) what alternative assessment is; (6) and what alternative approaches to assessment show promise. (Contains 25 references.)
Descriptors: Adults, Alternative Assessment, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Literacy, Standardized Tests, Student Evaluation
Center for Applied Linguistics, 1118 22nd St., N.W., Washington, DC 20037 (free).
Publication Type: ERIC Publications
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Clearinghouse on Literacy Education, Washington, DC.; Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education for Limited-English-Proficient Adults, Washington, DC.