Dr. Simon Phipps

Tests of Grammar and
Vocabulary: Workshop
MELİKŞAH UNIVERSITY, KAYSERI, 29-31 JANUARY, 2014
Outline
!  why

test grammar and vocabulary

!  links

to beliefs

!  links

to curricular specifications

!  types

of gr...
Why test grammar and vocabulary?
!  encourage
!  face

learners to study - positive backwash

validity – learner expectati...
Links to beliefs about language learning
and the role of skills/language
Language vs skills

Beliefs

Grammar vs vocab
Col...
Links to curriculum specifications
! 

Grammar specifications
Achievement and Progress tests
"  Placement tests
"  Samplin...
Types of items for testing grammar
!  discrete point m/c
! 

gap-fill (with/without m/c options)

! 

cloze test

! 

tran...
Types of items for testing vocabulary
!  gap-fill (with/without m/c options)
! 

cloze test

! 

C-test (first letter/part...
Task

!  Examples

of problems with test items
!  (Handout p3)
Considerations

! 
! 

Level of learners
Lexical density of texts
" 
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http://www.lextutor.ca/

" 

! 

http://www.reada...
Some useful resources
!  English

profile

http://www.englishprofile.org/
http://vocabulary.englishprofile.org/staticfiles...
Thank you!
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  1. 1. Dr. Simon Phipps Tests of Grammar and Vocabulary: Workshop MELİKŞAH UNIVERSITY, KAYSERI, 29-31 JANUARY, 2014
  2. 2. Outline !  why test grammar and vocabulary !  links to beliefs !  links to curricular specifications !  types of grammar items !  guidelines !  types for writing m/c items of vocabulary items !  lexical density !  considerations when writing items
  3. 3. Why test grammar and vocabulary? !  encourage !  face learners to study - positive backwash validity – learner expectations !  content !  ease validity – easy to select items/easier than skills of administration – esp. placement tests !  grammar and vocabulary can be tested directly (unlike testing of skills) !  knowledge of grammar and vocabulary is a prerequisite for using language skills !  diagnose learners’ weaknesses/gaps
  4. 4. Links to beliefs about language learning and the role of skills/language Language vs skills Beliefs Grammar vs vocab Collocation and lexical phrases testing curriculum
  5. 5. Links to curriculum specifications !  Grammar specifications Achievement and Progress tests "  Placement tests "  Sampling - Proficiency tests "  !  Vocabulary specifications #  #  #  #  #  !  !  General indication of size of learner’s vocabulary Word lists vs course-books Sampling – frequency vs usefulness Collocations and lexical phrases Lexical density of texts used to test grammar and skills Positive backwash – achievement/progress Testing at recognition vs production level
  6. 6. Types of items for testing grammar !  discrete point m/c !  gap-fill (with/without m/c options) !  cloze test !  transformation !  sentence completion !  error detection "  Problems with multiple choice (see handout)
  7. 7. Types of items for testing vocabulary !  gap-fill (with/without m/c options) !  cloze test !  C-test (first letter/part given) !  word-building !  sentence completion !  vocabulary size test "  Formative assessment – vocab journals
  8. 8. Task !  Examples of problems with test items !  (Handout p3)
  9. 9. Considerations !  !  Level of learners Lexical density of texts "  "  http://www.lextutor.ca/ "  !  http://www.readability-score.com/ http://www.online-utility.org/english/ readability_test_and_improve.jsp Cognitive processes required to complete the tasks (theory-based validity)
  10. 10. Some useful resources !  English profile http://www.englishprofile.org/ http://vocabulary.englishprofile.org/staticfiles/about.html !  Lexical tutor http://www.lextutor.ca/ !  Paul Nation’s vocabulary size tests http://www.victoria.ac.nz/lals/about/staff/publications/paul-nation/VSTversion-A.pdf
  11. 11. Thank you!
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