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ERIC Number: ED364066
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Aug
Pages: 12
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
The Effect of Interlocutor and Assessment Mode Variables in Offshore Assessments of Speaking Skills in Occupational Settings.
McNamara, T. F.; Lumley, Tom
This study investigated potential problems associated with one method of testing English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) skills in work settings in foreign countries. The method, used by the Australian government to assess speech skills of individuals in locations outside Australia, involves having native English-speakers carry out a series of oral interactions with the examinee, that are taped and later evaluated by a small team of trained raters. The study reported here analyzed data from assessments of about 70 examinees who were administered an advanced ESL test for health professionals. Assessment of the recordings included multiple ratings of examinee performance, competence of the interlocutor, rapport established between examinees and interlocutor, and audibility of the interaction. The data were subjected to statistical analysis. Results suggest that interlocutor variability and audiotape quality do affect ratings, and that this method of analysis is useful for examining variables in the testing situation. (Author/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: Australia