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ERIC Number: ED437853
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Pages: 11
Abstractor: N/A
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A Cooperative Performance Test for Japanese University Conversation Classes.
Joritz-Nakagawa, Jane
This document discusses a test devised for a university level English-as-a-foreign-language (EFL) course that tests students' conversational ability. The test has been used successfully in a Japanese university English communication class over three years. Learning not only to speak but to listen and respond appropriately to others is also an important measure of how well one communicates orally in a foreign language. In brief, the test requires students in groups to prepare and practice a conversation evaluated by the teacher. It is a performance assessment, by definition a type of alternative assessment, requiring students to demonstrate knowledge and skill. This test might be difficult to manage in a class with more than 50 students. Students are divided into groups of four and choose a topic (to be approved by the teacher). They then have a few weeks to prepare a 20 to 30 minute discussion. Students were not allowed any use of notes, papers, books, dictionaries, or aids other than visual aids such as photographs, pictures, maps, or props such as jump ropes, CDs, and musical instruments to be used to facilitate discussion on the test day. The test has been well-received by students and meets all six criteria for effective assessment described by Good and Brophy (1994). (An appendix with a test comment form in included.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Japan