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Byrnes, Heidi – Applied Language Learning, 1989
Examines the rating scale and the testing procedure of the oral interview for evidence of discourse competence. The paper suggests that a careful examination of the processing capabilities might serve as a valid indicator of their discourse competence. (24 references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Discourse Analysis, Interviews, Language Fluency, Language Proficiency
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Garrett, Nina – Applied Language Learning, 1989
Suggests that, to understand the relationship between grammatical competence and actual communicative language use, a model is needed of classroom language processing that considers learners' own connections between meaning and form as a major factor in language use and language acquisition. (nine references) (GLR)
Descriptors: Communicative Competence (Languages), Grammar, Language Processing, Language Proficiency
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Johnson, Yuki – Applied Language Learning, 1997
Examines the role of American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) guidelines in language proficiency testing, focusing on Japanese language instruction and discussing how effective that system is in relation to university classroom instruction. Two main issues are addressed: viewing ACTFL Proficiency Tests as having the…
Descriptors: Evaluation Methods, Higher Education, Japanese, Language Proficiency