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ERIC Number: EJ866460
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jul
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 11
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0305-5698
Comparative Assessment of Young Learners' Foreign Language Competence in Three Eastern European Countries
Brumen, Mihaela; Cagran, Branka; Rixon, Shelagh
Educational Studies, v35 n3 p269-295 Jul 2009
This paper concerns teacher practices in, and beliefs about, the assessment of young learners' progress in English in three Eastern European countries (Slovenia, Croatia, and the Czech Republic). The central part of the paper focuses on an international project involving empirical research into assessment of young learners' foreign language competence in Slovenia, Croatia and the Czech Republic. With the help of an adapted questionnaire, we collected data from a non-random sample of primary and foreign language teachers who teach foreign languages at the primary level in these countries. The research shows that English as a foreign language is taught mostly by young teachers either primary specialists or foreign language teachers. These teachers most frequently use oral assessment/interviews or self-developed tests. Other more authentic types of assessment, such as language portfolios, are rarely used. The teachers most frequently assess speaking and listening skills, and they use assessment involving vocabulary the most frequently of all. However, there are significant differences in practice among the three countries. (Contains 12 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia; Czech Republic; Slovenia