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ERIC Number: ED367152
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1991
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
Second Language Proficiency Assessment and Program Evaluation.
Nunan, David
A discussion of the role of second language proficiency assessment in the evaluation of language programs argues that for four reasons, the use of proficiency is inappropriate as a central element in evaluation. The reasons are: (1) the construct of proficiency has not been operationalized in a way that enables it to be used usefully; (2) criterion-referenced measures of achievement are of more practical utility than are statements of proficiency not tied to specific program goals; (3) regardless of the terms in which learner outcomes are to be defined, comprehensive program evaluation requires the collection, interpretation, and evaluation of data relating to a range of processes and elements operating within a particular educational context, not just learner outcomes; and (4) process data is needed to interpret outcomes data. A number of practical suggestions for program evaluation, and sample instruments, are offered. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A
Note: In: Anivan, Sarinee, Ed. Issues in Language Programme Evaluation in the 1990's. Anthology Series 27; see FL 021 869.