ERIC Number: ED380993
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Vocabulary Testing: Questions for Test Development with Six Examples of Tests of Vocabulary Size and Depth.
Thai TESOL Bulletin, v6 n2 p9-16 Mar 1994
The design of vocabulary tests, particularly for English as a Second Language, is discussed. The discussion is intended to help language teachers with little or no knowledge of testing gain a better understanding of vocabulary testing. First, a set of principles for guiding the writing of vocabulary tests are outlined, presented in the form of questions. The principles address the use that will be made of test results, determination of the words to be tested, testing of breadth vs. depth of knowledge, and how students' knowledge is to be elicited. Several tests of vocabulary size (breadth of knowledge) are examined, and several experimental tests that have the potential for measuring depth of knowledge are discussed. Contains three references and two notes. (MSE)
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Foreign Countries, Knowledge Level, Language Tests, Test Construction, Test Items, Testing, Vocabulary Development
Thai TESOL Bulletin, c/o Robert Burgess, Suranaree University of Technology, School of English, Muang District, Nakhon Ratchasima, Thailand.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Guides - Non-Classroom; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A