ERIC Number: EJ794435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jun
Reference Count: 48
Formative Assessment in Teacher Education: The Development of a Diagnostic Language Test for Trainee Teachers of German
Richards, Brian J.
British Journal of Educational Studies, v56 n2 p184-204 Jun 2008
This article describes the development and validation of a diagnostic test of German and its integration in a programme of formative assessment during a one-year initial teacher-training course. The test focuses on linguistic aspects that cause difficulty for trainee teachers of German as a foreign language and assesses implicit and explicit grammatical knowledge as well as students' confidence in this knowledge. Administration of the test to 57 German speakers in four groups (first-year undergraduates, fourth-year undergraduates, postgraduate trainees, and native speakers) provided evidence of its reliability and validity.
Descriptors: Formative Evaluation, Language Tests, Diagnostic Tests, German, Native Speakers, Second Language Instruction, Preservice Teacher Education, Test Validity, Test Construction, Language Teachers, Test Reliability, Grammar, Undergraduate Students
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Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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