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ERIC Number: ED412774
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Jun
Pages: 6
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Second Language Performance.
Lumley, Tom
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)
Publication Type: Collected Works - Serials; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Languages and Literacy Inst., Melbourne (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia