ERIC Number: ED390288
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994
Should Reading Comprehension Be Tested in the Target or the Native Language? A Pilot Study.
Martinez, Elizabeth A.; Godev, Concepcion B.
This study investigated the effect of the language in which a test is administered when assessing second language reading comprehension. Subjects were college students (ages 18-21) enrolled in first-semester (n=27) and third-semester (n=19) Spanish classes. Each group was given a different passage in Spanish to read. Two sets of questions were distributed. The first was in Spanish and requested answers in Spanish and English. The second, distributed after the first was collected, was in English and requested answers in English and Spanish. The passages and questions are appended. Results suggest that students' errors may be caused by factors other than reading comprehension of the passage, particularly confusion created by the wording of a question or inability to create responses in the target language. It is concluded that use of the target language for testing decreases the test validity. Improvements in research design are suggested. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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