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ERIC Number: EJ906471
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Nov
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1527-9316
ESL Student Perspectives on University Classroom Testing Practices
Teemant, Annela
Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, v10 n3 p89-105 Nov 2010
ESL students struggle to represent accurately on tests what they know. Understanding what constitutes equitable testing practices in university settings for ESL students poses a significant challenge to educators. This study reports on the content analysis of semi-structured interview data obtained from 13 university-level ESL students on their opinions, concerns, strategies, and preferences in testing. ESL students provide evidence that language proficiency, test anxiety, and preferences for particular test formats, such as multiple-choice over essay questions, affect their ability to demonstrate content knowledge. Students describe context, culture, and seven language-related problems in testing, and show awareness of various test-taking strategies. The results suggest practical implications for making testing outcomes more equitable for ESL students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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