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ERIC Number: EJ782519
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 68
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
The Impact of EFL Testing on EFL Education in Korea
Choi, Inn-Chull
Language Testing, v25 n1 p39-62 2008
The present study provides an overview of the impact of standardized EFL tests on EFL education in Korea. To achieve this goal, the paper (1) presents the status quo of EFL testing in the Korean context, (2) explores the nature of the EFL tests prevalent in the EFL testing market, and (3) investigates the overwhelming washback effects of EFL tests on EFL teaching based on a survey of stakeholder viewpoints. The overall findings of the survey reveal that the majority of stakeholders (i.e. test-takers and teachers) do not think favorably of the EFL tests due to negative washback effects on their EFL learning and teaching. The survey also shows that considerable numbers of young students are under unwarranted pressure to take the EFL tests and that secondary education puts too much emphasis on preparation for the college entrance exam. Most respondents have negative views of the tests in terms of the mismatch between test scores and English proficiency and the failure of multiple-choice EFL test preparation to induce productive English skills. Some respondents voice complaints about the financial burden caused by mandatory submission of test scores for graduation and employment. (Contains 6 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: South Korea