ERIC Number: ED412774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Second Language Performance.
Digest of Australian Languages and Literacy Issues, n11 Jun 1996
A discussion of current second language testing trends and practices in Australia focuses on the use of performance assessment, providing examples of its application in four specific contexts: an occupational English test used for to assess job-related English language skills as part of the certification procedure for health professionals; performance tests developed to assess the language skills of second language teachers; an oral interaction test for tour guides; and English-as-a-Second-Language tests for prospective university students. Issues discussed in these contexts include how tasks are selected for inclusion in the tests, what really gets assessed in a performance test, whether overall language proficiency can be assessed with a performance test, whether such assessment can be fair, whether abilities other than productive performance can be tested, and the advantages and disadvantages of this form of testing. Contains 19 references. (MSE) (Adjunct ERIC Clearinghouse on Literacy Education)
Descriptors: Allied Health Occupations Education, College Students, Educational Trends, Foreign Countries, Higher Education, Language Teachers, Language Tests, Performance Tests, Predictive Validity, Second Language Instruction, Second Languages, Teacher Certification, Teacher Competency Testing, Tourism, Trend Analysis, Vocational English (Second Language)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Languages and Literacy Inst., Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia