ERIC Number: ED444355
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
The Language Proficiency Handbook: A Practitioner's Guide to Instructional Assessment.
This guide is useful for pre-kindergarten educators who work with second language students who wish to document their students' language development over time. Although the purposes may vary among various practitioners and audiences, overall this handbook is intended to provide guidance in how to capture students' language proficiency in reliable and valid ways through instructional assessment activities. This handbook is built around a series of rubrics that serve as documentation forms for varied methods of assessment. The rubrics, representing holistic scales and focused-analytic matrices, cover four basic areas of language proficiency: listening; speaking; reading, and writing. Whenever possible, the connection between language and content is made. The instructional assessment ideas described suggest pathways towards second language learners' attainment of Illinois state English language learning goals: reading with understanding and fluency; writing to communicate for a variety of purposes; listening and speaking effectively in a variety of situations; and using the target language to communicate within and beyond the classroom to reinforce knowledge and skills across academic, vocational, and technical disciplines. To this end, each section/rubric contains the following: an overview and theoretical background; ideas for obtaining information; procedures on collecting, analyzing, and interpreting information; student samples with analyses; peer and self-assessments; student or class reporting forms; and caveats and suggestions. A glossary is appended. (Contains 13 references.) (KFT)
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators; Counselors; Teachers
Authoring Institution: Illinois State Board of Education, Springfield. Evaluation and Assessment Section.
Identifiers - Location: Illinois