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Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Robles, Valencia – Online Submission, 2017
Computer based testing has become a prevailing tendency in education. Each year, a large number of students take online language tests everywhere in the world. In fact, there is a tendency to make these tests more and more used due to their low cost of delivery. However, many students are forced to take them despite their interests, feelings and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Questionnaires
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2016
This research addresses the change in how the Spanish University Entrance Examination can be delivered in the future. There is a wide acknowledgement that computer tests are very demanding for the delivering institutions which makes computer language testing difficult to implement. However, the use of tablet PCs can facilitate the delivery at even…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; García Esteban, Soraya – Online Submission, 2016
Anthropology has paid close attention to linguistic interaction and foreign language learning. This study approaches the use of dialogic learning that has strong roots in anthropology, sociology and applied linguistics. Following earlier research on teaching content in English in different subjects of teacher training through dialogic interaction,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Luque Agullo, Gloria; Muñoz, Ana Isabel; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2015
The debate over the Foreign Language Test (English) in the University Entrance Examination (PAU) has become a critical issue in the Spanish Educational system. Despite the Ministry of Education's interest in changing a test that has its strong emphasis on reading, writing and grammar but a general negligence towards listening and speaking, limited…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Entrance Examinations, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Rodriguez Lazaro, Nieves; Marugan, L. Fuentes – Online Submission, 2015
Modern trends in educational technology have evidenced the increasing importance of mobile devices in language learning. The need of sophisticated devices that can facilitate lifelong learning wherever the students might be. Facilitating learning, however, implies that students have to be assessed through the same delivery models that are used in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Language Tests
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Bejarano, Luis G.; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Litzler, Mary Frances; Megias Rosa, Manuel – Online Submission, 2014
Problem Statement: One of the most frequently neglected aspects of testing is teachers' attitudes. Overall, in-service teachers may have a preconception of what testing means and what its implications are both in high and low stakes testing. However, very few studies have addressed the realities or opinions of pre-service teachers. Methods: Two…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2012
Although there is an increasing number of online tests in the world, little research is currently known in Spain today. Assessment has become an integral part of education and the implications of the various uses of language testing go beyond the educational settings (Douglas, 2010; Fulcher, 2010). This study describes the PAULEX project. This…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Testing, Program Descriptions
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Litzler, Mary Frances; Gonzalez Such, Jose; Bakieva, Margarita; Otero de Juan, Nuria – Online Submission, 2012
Background: University Entrance Examinations provide information the student's opportunities to succeed in their academic university career. However, the current foreign language paper of the Spanish University Entrance Examination does no permit to obtain enough evidence to make academic inferences. Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Tests, Feedback (Response)
Magal-Royo, T.; Gimenez-Lopez, J. L.; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2012
Multimodal interaction methods applied to learning environments of the English language will be a line for future research from the use of adapted mobile phones or PDAs. Today's mobile devices allow access and data entry in a synchronized manner through different channels. At the academic level we made the first analysis of English language…
Descriptors: Telecommunications, Handheld Devices, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
Litzler, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Halbach, Ana – Online Submission, 2012
Background: Students at the Universidad de Alcala need batteries of learning objects and exercises. Although student textbooks tend to include a wide range of additional exercises, students in advanced linguistics and language courses require learning objects to obtain additional practice. Online repositories offer excellent opportunities for…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Instructional Materials
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2011
Many ELT examinations have gone online in the last few years and a large number of educational institutions have also started considering the possibility of implementing their own tests. This paper deals with the training of a group of 24 ELT teachers in the Region of Valencia (Spain). In 2007, the Ministry of Education provided funds to determine…
Descriptors: Teacher Education, Computer Assisted Instruction, Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Fernandez Alvarez, Miguel – Online Submission, 2011
Including speaking tasks in the foreign language paper of the Spanish University Entrance Examination (PAU) has been inexistent in the last 15 years. However, the implications can be seen in shape of pressure on teachers to get students ready for such tasks in just three years (2009-2012). Because of the high stakes consequences attached to this…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Experience, Teaching Methods, Teacher Attitudes
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal-Royo, Teresa; Lopez, Jose Luis Gimenez – Online Submission, 2011
As the use of mobile learning educational applications has become more common anywhere in the world, new concerns have appeared in the classroom, human interaction in software engineering and ergonomics. new tests of foreign languages for a number of purposes have become more and more common recently. However, studies interrelating language tests…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Electronic Learning, Language Tests, Computer Software
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2010
This paper investigates whether students would be reluctant to do the oral tasks of the Computer Based University Entrance Examination (P.A.U.) in Spain. So far in the Spanish history of education never a foreign language high stakes task has been included in any of the versions of the P.A.U. 60 students took the oral task of the P.A.U. which…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Interaction, Spanish, College Entrance Examinations
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2009
Language testing has a large number of commercial applications in both the institutional and the private sectors. Some jobs in the health services sector or the public services sector require foreign language skills and these skills require continuous and efficient language assessments. Based on an experience developed through the cooperation of…
Descriptors: Private Sector, Language Tests, Language Skills, Internet
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