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ERIC Number: ED390269
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Pages: 23
Abstractor: N/A
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)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: 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).