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ERIC Number: EJ1070039
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1436-4522
Using Trialogues to Measure English Language Skills
So, Youngsoon; Zapata-Rivera, Diego; Cho, Yeonsuk; Luce, Christine; Battistini, Laura
Educational Technology & Society, v18 n2 p21-32 2015
We explored the use of technology-assisted, trialogue-based tasks to measure the English language proficiency of students learning English as a second or foreign language. A presumed benefit of the system for language assessment is its suitability for use in scenario-based tasks that integrate multiple language skills. This integration allows test developers to simulate real-life language use situations by administering more authentic test tasks to strengthen the link between test performance and its interpretation as an indicator of expected success in performing real-life language use tasks. We conducted a usability study with 20 English language learners (ELLs) in grades 3 to 5, representing ten different first languages. Results suggested that the trialogue-based tasks engaged students in an authentic experience and provided evidence of their English proficiency. Perception data indicated that students perceived the trialogue-based tasks positively and understood how to respond to the virtual characters. Implications are discussed for future research and the potential of using trialogue-based assessment tasks for measuring the proficiency of young ELLs.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 3; Primary Education; Elementary Education; Early Childhood Education; Grade 4; Intermediate Grades; Grade 5; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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