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ERIC Number: EJ910364
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 54
ISSN: ISSN-0018-2133
Developing an Electronic Placement Examination for Heritage Learners of Spanish: Challenges and Payoffs
Fairclough, Marta A.; Belpoliti, Flavia; Bermejo, Encarna
Hispania, v93 n2 p273-291 Jun 2010
The purpose of this article is to briefly describe the design and piloting of a branched, online placement and credit examination that measures receptive as well as productive and creative language abilities in the heritage language of college students entering the Spanish for Heritage Learners Program at the University of Houston, a major metropolitan university in the Southwestern United States. Special emphasis is given to the linguistics tasks included in the examination's blueprint and the results obtained in its pilot implementation. The analysis of the results from each section of the test not only helps distinguish among different ability levels (and consequently achieve a more accurate class placement), but it also contributes to the consolidation of a typology of Hispanic heritage students, thus generating a better understanding of their learning needs. (Contains 4 tables, 3 figures and 15 notes.)
American Association of Teachers of Spanish and Portuguese, Inc. 900 Ladd Road, Walled Lake, MI 48390. Tel: 248-960-2180; Fax: 248-960-9570; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Texas