ERIC Number: ED358162
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Student Learning in Foreign Language.
Hewitt, Catherine B.; And Others
As part of a series of documents on assessment of student learning in various school curriculum areas, this report describes assessment of student learning in the foreign language classroom in South Carolina. The report begins with an overview of current curriculum goals in foreign language education and the status of assessment practices in this area. Subsequent sections describe methods of assessing foreign language learning in the following five areas: (1) listening; (2) speaking; (3) reading; (4) writing; and (5) culture. The manner in which curriculum, instruction, and assessment are combined and the relative interest in each differ by grade level. In elementary school foreign language programs, class time is devoted to the development of listening, speaking, and culture skills, with few tests being given. Many current developments in foreign language assessment are taking place at the secondary school level or higher. Performance assessment approaches have already been established in foreign language education, while they are only beginning to have an impact in other fields. Educators with an interest in performance-based authentic assessment have much to gain from a careful study of foreign language assessment. Contains 48 references. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Cultural Awareness, Educational Assessment, Educational Objectives, Educational Practices, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Language Tests, Listening, Performance Based Assessment, Reading, Second Language Learning, Second Languages, Student Evaluation, Writing (Composition)
South Carolina Center for Excellence in the Assessment of Student Learning, College of Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. South Carolina Center for Excellence in the Assessment of Student Learning.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina