ERIC Number: ED409711
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1997
Oral Classroom Testing in an Adult French Community Class.
Davies, Sheena; And Others
Edinburgh Working Papers in Applied Linguistics, n8 p24-43 1997
This study investigated the utility and feasibility of administering achievement tests to adults in a continuing education course in French, in Scotland, in which student progress is not usually formal assessed. Subjects were 18 adults in elementary-level classes, aged 18 to over 60 years. Students were tested three times, at 3-4 week intervals, with an oral assessment consisting of three parts: an information-giving task; a discussion/decision-making task; and a role-play. Results indicate that although the assessment procedures did not appear to interrupt the normal class ambience, and there was some slight shift toward a more favorable student attitude concerning assessment over the course of the term, teachers found some practical difficulties in conducting the assessments during normal class time and questioned the value of formal assessment in such a course. A sample test item and a post-test student questionnaire are appended. Contains seven references. (Author/MSE)
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Adult Education, Conversational Language Courses, Foreign Countries, French, Interpersonal Communication, Language Research, Language Tests, Linguistic Theory, Questionnaires, Role Playing, Second Languages, Student Attitudes, Teacher Attitudes, Test Use, Testing, Verbal Tests
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: For journal issue as a whole, see FL 024 639. For other articles in this issue, see FL 024 640-646.