ERIC Number: ED383207
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
A Comparison of Listening and Speaking Tests for Student Placement.
Heller, Anne; And Others
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n6 p27-40 1995
This study investigated the utility and effectiveness of a simple dictation test for placement of students in a university's summer English-as-a-Second-Language program. The dictation test was explored as an alternative to the traditional oral interview, which had shown some problems of interrater reliability and consistency, resulting in inappropriate placements. The study examined: (1) the relationship between scores on the two tests and student placements, to see whether the dictation test produced a better placement, and (2) the relationship between interview and dictation scores, to see whether the latter could be used in place of the former. The procedure was piloted with 14 native English speakers and 16 non-native speakers, then undertaken fully with 263 students. Results indicate that the dictation scores were marginally less effective than interview scores in placing students, and that the dictation cannot be effectively substituted for the interview. However, it is suggested that the dictation test be retained as an additional measure in case of a request for transfer from one class to another. The dictation is appended. (Contains 18 references.) (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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