ERIC Number: ED368191
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Exploring ESP and Language Testing.
Scholz, George E.
A discussion of language testing in the context of a program in English for Special Purposes (ESP) focuses on the lack of "fit" between the two areas and makes some recommendations for improvement. It begins with overviews of recent trends in testing and recent issues in ESP. Overlap is seen in two areas: construct and content validity. It is argued that for learning, teaching, and testing to be in harmony, test specification and test items should be derived from the same need analysis and program consensus used for developing ESP instructional materials, but little research has been conducted on this issue, or indeed in ESP testing in general. It is proposed that the structure of the original need analysis may need to be reviewed and consensus-building be undertaken to increase the program's pedagogic coherence and operational cohesion. Program evaluation and improvement would subsequently benefit, and both instructional materials and tests could be made more appropriate. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Language Center Seminar (28th, Singapore, April 19-21, 1993).