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ERIC Number: EJ789558
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 10
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Using the OPI to Place Heritage Speakers of Russian
Kagan, Olga; Friedman, Debra
Foreign Language Annals, v36 n4 p536-545 Win 2003
This study explored the possibility of using an ACTFL oral proficiency interview (OPI) to assess the spoken proficiency of heritage language speakers of Russian for the purpose of placing them in Russian language classes. The authors also considered whether the norm of an educated native speaker could be used as a valid reference point for Russian heritage speakers. The OPI was administered to a group of college-age Russian heritage speakers with little or no formal instruction in the language. The results indicated that the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines could be used to assess oral proficiency of Russian heritage speakers and that the standard of an educated native speaker of Russian could be used as a norm. (Contains 3 tables and 5 notes.)
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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