ERIC Number: ED391375
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-Dec
Assessing Academic Language of English Language Learners. Final Report.
Solomon, Jeff; Rhodes, Nancy
A project to identify alternative strategies for assessing the academic language of English language learners is reported. First, literature on the concept of academic language is reviewed, and then findings from classroom research are used to propose an alternative conceptualization of academic language, one which focuses on the role of stylistic register in communicating about academic tasks. Next, results of a survey of 157 English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL) educators concerning academic language and assessment are presented. Responses to five of the most salient questions are analyzed in detail; others are appended. A number of alternative assessment strategies are considered: physical demonstrations; pictorial products; K-W-L (Know-Want-Learn) charts; oral performances; portfolios; oral and written products; and teacher-made measures that complement alternative assessment. Implications of the project's findings for educators, educational practice, reform, and policy are discussed. Appendices which make up over 50% of the document contain the survey instruments, classroom data sheet, and the compiled data from all questionnaires. Contains 43 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Cultural Diversity and Second Language Learning, Santa Cruz, CA.; Center for Applied Linguistics, Washington, DC.