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ERIC Number: EJ1102005
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 28
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-2292-8588
Diagnosing L2 Learners' Language Skills Based on the Use of a Web-Based Assessment Tool Called DIALANG
Taghizadeh, Mahboubeh; Alavi, Sayyed Mohammad; Rezaee, Abbas Ali
International Journal of E-Learning & Distance Education, v29 n2 2014
This study was conducted with 68 Iranian students studying at the Alborz Institute of Higher Education. The participants' majors were Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL; n = 23), English Language Literature (ELL; n = 22), and English Language Translation (ELT; n = 23). DIALANG self-assessment scales, consisting of 107 statements with Yes/No responses, were used in this study. DIALANG is an online assessment system used for language learners who want to obtain diagnostic information about their language proficiency (Council of Europe, 2001). Results indicated that ELL students had the highest overall ranking, whereas TEFL students received the lowest overall ranking for listening skills. ELL students had the highest reading skill scores while ELT students demonstrated the lowest scores. ELL students ranked highest in writing ability whereas TEFL students rated lowest in writing skill. Kruskal-Wallis analysis revealed that there was no statistically significant difference in listening and reading skills across the three majors. One-way between-groups ANOVA did demonstrate a statistically significant difference in the writing self-assessment statements for the three groups. Implications and directions for future research with DIALANG are provided based on results from the study.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Iran
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