ERIC Number: ED401721
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1996-Oct-8
Assessment Measures for Specific Contexts of Language Use.
Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline; Tarone, Elaine
A discussion of second language testing focuses on the need for collaboration among researchers in second language learning, teaching, and testing concerning development of context-appropriate language tests. It is argued that the nature of the proficiency construct in language is not constant, but that different linguistic, functional, and creative proficiency components are at work in different instructional and social contexts. Inadequacies of traditional and commercial tests for assessing contextualized language skills or determining instructional needs that are found frequently by teacher-researchers are examined. It is proposed that in both teaching and research, the validity of test score interpretation and use will be enhanced by use of tests constructed specifically for the instructional context in question, rather than generic, externally-produced proficiency measures. Broad criteria for construction of such measures are offered. Contains 100 references. (MSE)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Revised version of a paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association for Applied Linguistics (18th, Chicago, IL, March 23-26, 1996).