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ERIC Number: EJ1005789
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jan
Pages: 9
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 16
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
Ten Years on: The Hong Kong Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers of English (LPATE)
Coniam, David; Falvey, Peter
Language Testing, v30 n1 p147-155 Jan 2013
The "Language Proficiency Assessment for Teachers of English" (LPATE) is a test of standards of English language ability for Hong Kong primary and secondary school teachers of English. The impetus for the creation of the LPATE arose, in 1996, because of concerns in business and education communities over falling English language standards among teachers in Hong Kong, supported by evidence from Tsui, Coniam, Sengupta and Wu (1994) that less than 20% of English language teachers were both subject and professionally trained. Although there is no hard evidence yet that English language teachers standards have risen (Drave, 2006), it is likely that LPATE has had some effect in part, because of the necessity for non-English majors to establish their competency, in part because of the requirement for all teachers of English to be degree holders and reach required minimum standards (which has had a substantial, positive effect on the primary sector in particular), and also in part through the loss to the profession (through attrition, retirement, personal decision, etc.) of teachers whose English may have been less tha n optimal. The question of how far teacher competency equates with improved levels of English in students in the English language teaching context, is, however, still an empirical question that deserves further investigation. (Contains 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Hong Kong