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ERIC Number: ED459205
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2001-Oct
Pages: 8
Abstractor: N/A
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Assessment and Testing in an English Classroom in India.
Ramanathan, Hema
The attitudes and practices of teachers of English in an elementary school in India were studied through a questionnaire completed by all 11 teachers who taught the English classes in grades 1 through 5. The survey elicited data about participants' beliefs about teaching English and their instructional and assessment practices. Teachers believed that students should learn to communicate freely in English and were well aware of the importance of English as a national language for India. Teachers used the same texts, planned the curriculum together, and followed a similar schedule. Teachers graded all assignments, and gave frequent tests. All of the assessments had a primary focus on writing. Teachers were not enthusiastic about the frequent testing required because they thought testing adversely affected the time spent on learning. Eight of the 11 teachers said they spent little time assessing listening skills. As a result, teacher beliefs seemed to be at variance with assessment practices. Teachers' avowed beliefs in the importance of being a proficient speaker of English were not supported by their testing practices. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: India