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ERIC Number: ED504819
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Aug-22
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 3
ISBN: ISBN-9-0572-8058-2
Designing an Internet Based Tool for Oral Evaluation in the University Access Examination in Spain
Garcia Laborda, Jesus
Online Submission, Paper presented at the International CALL Conference (Antwerp, Belgium, Aug 20-22, 2006)
This paper focuses on the rationale and underlying processes of an Inter/intranet tool designed to evaluate oral tests and especially the university entrance examination according to the national minimal requirements. This exam is taken by up to 100,000 students simultaneously. This presentation gives information of the tool design and up-to-now results. The authors describe the interfaces, students' reactions and test strategies incorporated in the first trials, and present the fun operational system. The paper describes some of the experiments of image acceptance, attitudes and tool accessibility. The test includes both formal and informal language situations, which promotes are likely to be found in an international school or daily environment, text correction, and develops a feedback model. In the introductory section, the presentation describes the tool addressing its strengths and weaknesses and gives examples of the different tasks to be done in the exam. Then, it moves to the different experiments done in the first semester of 2006 with experimental students in the B1 European Framework of Languages level and shows their feedback according to a questionnaire. The third section, mostly devoted to claim the need of this tool in its current working process and design, the researchers will also emphasize the prospective research and cases agenda for the project. This project was originally set for Erasmus students who needed to be diagnosed to be placed in the appropriate levels in foreign languages at the Universidad Politecnica de Valencia (Spain). The project was funded by the regional educational board with 30,000 Euro and finished in December 2005. Thus, the results discussed are tentative and further studies will be necessary. The current literature is mostly related to the project and how the new TOEFL oral section was developed.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Spain (Valencia)
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language