ERIC Number: ED396569
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1994
Reference Count: N/A
Self-Assessment of Foreign Language Skills: Does It Work?
Blue, George M.
CLE Working Papers, n3 p18-35 1994
This paper reports on university student self-assessment of foreign language program learning at the University of Southampton (England) in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) classrooms. A survey of foreign language students on progress in foreign language learning revealed that many students were not unduly influenced by their scores on internationally recognized language tests when they assessed their own language level. If the international test scores are an accurate reflection of linguistic ability, then it would seem that self-ratings of language ability at the beginning of the pre-sessional course cannot be relied upon. Nine questionnaires completed in post-course evaluations indicated that there was not a very good match between the teachers' assessments and the students' assessments at the end of the pre-sessional course and two terms later. It is concluded that self-assessment for students appears to involve great difficulty, even with teacher feedback. Yet, evidence was found to support the belief that students who do assess their language level realistically may persevere with language learning to a greater extent than those whose assessment is unrealistically high or low. Both performance and progress must be monitored by teachers, with constant feedback, for students to be able to realistically self-assess their progress in language learning. (Contains 15 references.) (Author/NAV)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A