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ERIC Number: EJ979916
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 21
ISSN: ISSN-1345-8353
Language Proficiency Tests in the Iranian Context: Do They Represent Communicative Language Testing Model?
Razmjoo, Seyyed Ayatollah
Journal of Pan-Pacific Association of Applied Linguistics, v15 n2 p85-96 2011
The Communicative Ability in language testing originates from a theory of language as communication proposed by Hymes (1972) and known as "communicative competence". The literature on language testing suggests that the practicality of communicative language testing (CLT) varies depending on how the instructors and teachers conceptualize CLT. As far as the researcher knows, no study has been done on the type of proficiency model behind language tests in the Iranian context. Therefore, the objective of this study is, firstly, to explore the language proficiency model based on which the tests are designed and constructed in Iranian high school and institutes. Secondly, the study aims at developing language proficiency model for the context of Iran as a basis so that teachers construct and design tests. To fulfill the objectives, two final tests of Iranian high school and institutes were analyzed. The analysis of the data indicated that high school and institute tests represent a short version of Lado's model (1961) which is not in line with new trends in language testing and aims at discovering whether the correct habits have been formed. (Contains 2 tables and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Iran