ERIC Number: ED390269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Reliable & Valid Testing of Productive Vocabulary: Speaking Vocabulary Test (SVT).
Templin, Stephen A.
This study investigated the testing of speaking vocabulary in English as a Second Language (ESL) at a university in Hawaii. A Speaking Vocabulary Test (SVT) was developed and piloted with college students. Test-takers (n=37) were divided into three groups: native English-speaking freshmen and sophomores; non-native English-speaking freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors; and non-native English-speaking students enrolled in an intensive English program preparatory to mainstream university classes. Results indicate the test to be reliable and valid: students' scores were consistent, showing a high level of correlation; two evaluators' scoring of the same ten random tests showed high correlation; and the three student groups had significantly different scores, ranking in descending order: native; non-native; and non-native language institute. Anecdotal information on student response to the test is also offered. A brief bibliography, the test, and test evaluator guidelines are appended. (MSE)
Descriptors: College Students, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Higher Education, Language Tests, Limited English Speaking, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Speech Skills, Statistical Analysis, Test Reliability, Test Validity, Vocabulary, Vocabulary Development
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (29th, Long Beach, CA, March 26-April 1, 1995).