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ERIC Number: ED427517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 19
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ISSN: ISSN-0898-8471
A Discourse Approach to the Assessment of Foreign Language Oral Proficiency.
Koike, Dale April; Hinojosa, Fanny
Texas Papers in Foreign Language Education, v3 n3 p33-50 Fall 1998
A study examined the varying degrees to which learners of Spanish at the intermediate and advanced levels use paragraph-like structure in their answers during a simulated oral proficiency exam. Subjects were 24 students preparing for the Spanish Texas Oral Proficiency Test. Data from simulated oral proficiency interviews were compared to a model template reflecting the organization of most advanced-level learners for this task. Analysis reveals that the advanced learners provided more propositions and supporting statements, closely following the proposed model. Intermediate students provided fewer propositions and supporting statements, and either do not complete the paradigm or begin to diverge from their original intent. The less proficient students usually worked at the level of the single proposition with single supporting statement, and used other strategies to compensate for their difficulties. It is proposed that the template approach be used in the assessment of foreign language oral proficiency in the classroom, since it can reveal more of the global expression of ideas, as contrasted with the evaluation of discrete items such as verb conjugation and agreement errors. (MSE)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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