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ERIC Number: EJ838573
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Oct
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 52
ISSN: ISSN-0015-718X
Assessing Students' Oral Proficiency: A Case for Online Testing
Fall, Thekla; Adair-Hauck, Bonnie; Glisan, Eileen
Foreign Language Annals, v40 n3 p377-406 Oct 2007
This article reports on the Pittsburgh Public Schools Oral Ratings Assessment for Language Students (PPS ORALS) project, a Title VI Foreign Language Assistance Program grant-funded project to create an online testing Software program that makes large-scale oral testing in a world language not only feasible, but also easy to create, administer, and rate. The primary purpose of this article is to present the PPS ORALS assessment model as a valid Instrument for determining students' oral proficiency on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale. A second goal of the article is to present ways in which large-scale, districtwide oral proficiency testing at grade 5, grade 8, level 3 high school, and grade 12 can be accomplished feasibly. Finally, the article shares the results of the PPS ORALS over a four-year period and offers implications for the future. (Contains 17 notes, 6 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Pennsylvania