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Wei, Miaochun – ProQuest LLC, 2017
This quant-QUAL sequential explanatory mixed methods study describes a framework for evaluating the communicative competence (Canale & Swain, 1980; Canale, 1983) of non-beginner students of Chinese for placement purposes at U.S. four-year postsecondary institutions. A pragmatic lens was used to collect and analyze data that generated a…
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Chinese
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Brown, Alan V.; Cox, Troy L.; Thompson, Gregory L. – Foreign Language Annals, 2017
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and accompanying proficiency guidelines have become a mainstay in academic foreign language assessment. In 2006, an asynchronous electronic interface of the OPI was made available in which candidates are asked to record themselves responding to questions delivered aurally via computer, labeled the Oral…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Interviews
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Sato, Eriko; Chen, Julian Cheng Chiang; Jourdain, Sarah – Modern Language Journal, 2017
The development of distance learning courses for less commonly taught languages (LCTLs) often meets with instructional challenges, especially for Asian LCTLs with their distinct non-Roman characters and structures. This study documents the implementation of a fully online, elementary Japanese course at Stony Brook University. The curriculum was…
Descriptors: Japanese, Second Language Instruction, Interviews, Language Proficiency
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Glisan, Eileen W.; Swender, Elvira; Surface, Eric A. – Foreign Language Annals, 2013
The renewed national focus on teacher quality and effectiveness has resulted in more rigorous standards that describe the knowledge and skills required of teacher candidates across all disciplines. In the area of foreign languages, three sets of professional standards address the oral proficiency of teachers in the target languages they teach…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Teacher Effectiveness, Standards
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Du, Hang – Modern Language Journal, 2013
This article is part of a longitudinal study of American college students studying Mandarin in China. Its main data are drawn from monthly speaking events (four sessions with each student) conducted in Chinese with each of 29 participants in a study-abroad program in China. The study yielded these results: (a) Students made significant progress in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Study Abroad, Longitudinal Studies, College Students
Fahmy, Mohsen M. – ProQuest LLC, 2013
Dynamic assessment (DA) is based on Vygotsky's (1978) sociocultural theory and his Zone of Proximal Development (ZPD). ZPD is the range of abilities bordered by the learner's assisted and independent performances. Previous studies showed promising results for DA in tutoring settings. However, they did not use proficiency-based rubrics to measure…
Descriptors: Semitic Languages, Adult Students, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Ilieva, Gabriela Nik. – Heritage Language Journal, 2012
The present paper examines the oral performance of Hindi language learners during practice Oral Proficiency Interviews (OPI) conducted during workshops hosted by New York University and sponsored by STARTALK. The most salient characteristics of the heritage language learners' output are compared with the output of foreign language learners who are…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Indo European Languages, Second Language Learning, Oral Language
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Sullivan, JoAnn Hammadou – Foreign Language Annals, 2011
Within second language education, concern over teachers' content knowledge has typically manifested itself as concern over the teacher's target language proficiency. In increasing numbers, teacher preparation programs are turning to ACTFL's Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) for measurement of this proficiency and using OPI ratings as high-stakes…
Descriptors: Preservice Teacher Education, High Stakes Tests, Linguistic Input, Teacher Educators
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Magnan, Sally Sieloff; Back, Michele – Foreign Language Annals, 2007
This study investigates the role of social interaction in language gain among study abroad students in France. Using the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI), the Can-Do self-assessment scale (Clark, 1981), a revised version of the Language Contact Profile (LCP; Freed, Dewey, Segalowitz, & Halter, 2001), and pre- and postdeparture…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interpersonal Relationship, Interaction, Study Abroad
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Liskin-Gasparro, Judith E. – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines (ACTFL, 1982; 1986; Breiner-Sanders et al.,2000) and the Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) derived from them have stimulated abundant and sustained professional engagement by foreign language teachers at all levels and in all languages, as well as intense and equally sustained criticism by specialists in foreign…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Testing, Language Tests, Guidelines
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Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline; Fulcher, Glenn – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
Many researchers and practitioners maintain that ACTFL's efforts to improve instructional practices and promote proficiency assessments tied to descriptors of what learners can do in real life have contributed significantly to second language teaching and testing. Similar endeavors in the area of research, however, are critically needed. Focusing…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Native Speakers, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction
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Malone, Margaret E. – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
Since their initial publication in 1982, the ACTFL Guidelines and oral proficiency interview (OPI) have enjoyed widespread use by foreign language educators. They have also been the target of much criticism by researchers of second language acquisition and testing. Much of this criticism has focused on validity claims for the OPI. Other research…
Descriptors: Futures (of Society), Language Tests, Interrater Reliability, Criticism
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Surface, Eric A.; Dierdorff, Erich C. – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
The reliability of the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) has not been reported since ACTFL revised its speaking proficiency guidelines in 1999. Reliability data for assessments should be reported periodically to provide users with enough information to evaluate the psychometric characteristics of the assessment. This study provided the most…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Interrater Reliability, Program Effectiveness, Psychometrics
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Kagan, Olga; Friedman, Debra – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
This study explored the possibility of using an ACTFL oral proficiency interview (OPI) to assess the spoken proficiency of heritage language speakers of Russian for the purpose of placing them in Russian language classes. The authors also considered whether the norm of an educated native speaker could be used as a valid reference point for Russian…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Russian, Native Speakers, Language Proficiency
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Swender, Elvira – Foreign Language Annals, 2003
The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is used to assess the ability of individuals to use language for real-world purposes. Today, OPIs are used by academic institutions, government agencies, and private corporations for many purposes: academic placement, student assessment, program evaluation, professional certification, hiring, and…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Second Language Learning, Testing, Language Tests
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