ERIC Number: ED376695
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
Alternative Assessment and Second Language Study: What and Why? ERIC Digest.
Hancock, Charles R.
This digest discusses some of the practical implications of using alternative methods of assessing students in foreign or second language classrooms. First, assessment and testing are contrasted, and assessment is defined as an ongoing strategy through which student learning is not only monitored, but by which students are involved in making decisions about the degree to which their performance matches their ability. In the next three sections, alternative assessment, authentic assessment, and portfolio assessment are described, and suggestions are offered for why these methods are beneficial. A final section looks at what the implications are for incorporating alternative assessment in second and foreign language programs. Contains 16 references. (VWL)
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Comparative Analysis, Evaluation Methods, Portfolio Assessment, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Second Language Programs, Student Evaluation, Testing
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Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: ERIC Clearinghouse on Languages and Linguistics, Washington, DC.