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ERIC Number: EJ944127
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 44
ISSN: ISSN-1481-868X
Yes/No Tests for Foreign Language Placement at the Post-Secondary Level
Lam, Yvonne
Canadian Journal of Applied Linguistics / Revue canadienne de linguistique appliquee, v13 n2 p54-72 2010
This study examines the use of a yes/no test as a placement measure in a university Spanish foreign language program. Yes/no tests measure word recognition and have been shown to correlate well with other language proficiency tests. The main advantage of using a yes/no test as a placement tool is its ease of creation and administration. We examined the ability of a yes/no test to discriminate between adjacent placement levels in our program and found that it functions up to the low-intermediate level only. This limitation may be due to the way vocabulary is taught, the stages of development of the lexicon, and the learning plateau that intermediate learners appear to reach. Nonetheless, the yes/no test allows for a quick initial sorting of students into different levels and reduces the need for individual placement by instructors. (Contains 3 tables and 4 footnotes.)
Canadian Association of Applied Linguistics / Association canadienne de linguistique appliquee. Departement de langues, linguistique et traduction, Pavillon de Koninck, Universite Laval, Quebec, QC G1K 7P4, Canada. Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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