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ERIC Number: EJ952737
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 19
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-0300-4279
Teachers' Perspectives and Practices in Assessing Young Foreign Language Learners in Three Eastern European Countries
Brumen, Mihaela; Cagran, Branka
Education 3-13, v39 n5 p541-559 2011
The purpose of the present study is to investigate foreign language teachers' experiences, understanding, attitudes and expertise in regard to the assessment of foreign languages at the primary level in three Eastern European countries (the Czech Republic, Slovenia and Croatia). The central part of the paper focuses on the current assessment research practices in young learner language education and shows different attempts to introduce assessment in primary school situations, and provides some perspective to the classroom-based assessment. It also introduces the recent practice of foreign language assessment in primary situations in three Eastern European countries. The research shows that the majority of teachers had received no additional teacher training in assessing pupils' foreign language development and they express a great desire for additional teacher training in assessing young learners. In all three countries the traditional belief prevails that teachers are the most responsible for assessment. The majority of teachers in all three countries approve of assessing young learners, and they prefer descriptive rather than numerical assessment methods. However, there are significant differences in practice among the three countries. (Contains 1 note and 8 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Croatia; Czech Republic; Slovenia