ERIC Number: ED451701
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Designing Second Language Performance Assessments. Technical Report.
Norris, John M.; Brown, James Dean; Hudson, Thom; Yoshioka, Jim
This technical report focuses on the decision-making potential provided by second language performance assessments. First, performance assessment is situated within the broader discussion of alternatives in language assessment and in educational assessment in general. Next, issues in performance assessment design, implementation, reliability, and validity are discussed. Finally, a prototype framework is presented for second language performance assessment based on the integration of theoretical underpinnings and research findings from the literature on task-based language teaching, language testing, and educational measurement. Test and item specifications are outlined, and numerous examples of prototypical language tasks are presented. A research agenda is proposed, focusing on the operationalization of second language performance assessments. (Contains 112 references.) (KFT)
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Evaluation Research, Language Tests, Measures (Individuals), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning, Test Construction, Test Reliability, Test Validity
University of Hawaii Press, Order Department, 2840 Kolowalu Street, 96822 ($12). Web site: http://www.uhpress.hawaii.edu.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Hawaii Univ., Manoa. Second Language Teaching and Curriculum Center.