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ERIC Number: EJ789555
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 7
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 29
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Research on the Oral Proficiency Interview: Analysis, Synthesis, and Future Directions
Malone, Margaret E.
Foreign Language Annals, v36 n4 p491-497 Win 2003
Since their initial publication in 1982, the ACTFL Guidelines and oral proficiency interview (OPI) have enjoyed widespread use by foreign language educators. They have also been the target of much criticism by researchers of second language acquisition and testing. Much of this criticism has focused on validity claims for the OPI. Other research (e.g., Thompson, 1995) has investigated the interrater reliability of the test. This article provides an overview of research (both critical analyses and empirical studies) conducted on the ACTFL OPI and Guidelines from 1990 to present. The author identifies trends in this research, discusses lessons learned from research in other proficiency test areas, and provides recommendations for areas of future study. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview