ERIC Number: ED390300
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995
Integrative Testing in English for Business and Technology.
A discussion of testing methods in advanced English for Business and Technology looks at the differences between testing for this curriculum and testing in general English as a Second Language, drawing on testing theory and research. Two class assignments from the course are presented as examples of an assessment method used by the instructor. They include an initial writing assignment, started under supervision in a computer lab and completed independently, and a controlled computer lab assignment. The two assignments, each a memo, also include a response. It is proposed that testing at this level, in addition to meeting long-recognized test construction criteria, should be integrative: organized around a text and task, which entails a second, derivative text, and using pre-existing familiarity with the text and its factual and thematic background. Implications for classroom activities, curriculum design, and use of portfolios for student assessment are noted. Additional examples of assignments involving both individual and group work are presented. One student's response is used to illustrate both the effectiveness of the method and the types of testing and instructional issues that emerge from it. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; 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).