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ERIC Number: EJ876752
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2005
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Issues in Functional Language Performance Assessment: The Case of the Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language
Gysen, Sara; Van Avermaet, Piet
Language Assessment Quarterly, v2 n1 p51-68 2005
In this article, we will first focus on how starting from the stakeholders' needs has led to the construction of examinations based on a theory of functional language performance assessment in which, not general, but domain-specific language use plays a central role. Second, we will describe how we aim to infer real-life performance on the basis of test performance by using the concept "type task," through which test task performance can be extrapolated toward target task performance. An assessment approach will be described that focuses on what learners can do with language. Focussing on what one can do instead of the competencies one has yields a more direct link with language performance that can be observed in the real world. This approach will be exemplified through the examinations of the International Certificate Dutch as a Foreign Language (CNaVT). (Contains 4 tables, 7 figures and 1 footnote.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands