ERIC Number: ED366211
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Assessing the Language Proficiency of Second Language Teachers: An LSP Approach to Test Design.
This paper describes a language-for-specific-purposes test development project designed to assess both general language proficiency and classroom communicative competence for the purpose of accrediting teachers of Italian as a second/foreign language. A rationale for test design is presented that draws in a review of the second language acquisition literature on teacher input and an analysis of teacher language behavior in foreign language classrooms where Italian is both medium and object of instruction. The nature of test tasks on the speaking component of the test is outlined. Eighteen language teacher experts were surveyed after they had viewed and rated 50 videotaped samples of trial test performance. This feedback provided overall support for the teacher-specific orientation of the test, but some informants expressed concern about the authenticity of particular tasks with respect to real world communication and about the validity of assessing the "teacherliness" of performance in the test environment. (Contains 36 references.) (AA)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the SEAMEO Regional Language Center Regional Seminar (Singapore, April 19-21, 1993).