ERIC Number: ED354034
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Dec-18
Reference Count: N/A
Developing and Validating an Intermediate English Reading Test for English-as-a-Second-Language Learners.
Yao, Min; Souza, Tony
In order to more accurately place its intermediate English-as-a-Second-Language students in English courses, Vancouver Community College at King Edward Campus (KEC) developed the Intermediate English Reading Test (IERT). The goal was to create a test of minimum length that would yield scores with the necessary degree of reliability and validity for fine grading people whose English command is at the intermediate level. After consulting with reading instructors in the English Language Skills Department, a 20-minute test was devised consisting of a 1-page reading passage, an 8-question vocabulary section, and a 7-question comprehension section. Pilot testing was completed over 2 days with 344 intermediate level students at KEC speaking 56 different languages as their first language. The evaluation showed that the two sections were at the appropriate difficulty level for testees, but the comprehension section proved to be a slightly more reliable measure than the vocabulary section. The relatively moderate reliability of the test is viewed as acceptable because two questions in the vocabulary section artificially lowered the reliability rating of the whole test. In addition, the IERT is only one subtest of a battery of intermediate English tests used at KEC. Generally, the IERT may be regarded as a reliable reading test for people whose English is at the intermediate level. Tables of score distributions by test item and test section, a list of references, and the IERT are included. (MAB)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Vancouver Community Coll., British Columbia.