Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción
Facultad de Educación
Departamento de Lenguas
Language Assessment
UNIT FOU...
1. Cmap
Godwin-Jones (2001)
Link: http://popplet.com/app/#/1928728
Grammar
Webpage chosen:
http://englishteststore.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11387&
Itemid=427
English...
above, it is very clear because after each answer, the student will know if he/she
answers correctly or not, and also he/s...
vocabulary is selective because it measures specific vocabulary items depending
on the category the learners will choose, ...
References
Godwin-Jones, B. 2001. Language Testing Tools and Technology Language
Learning & Technology, Vol. 5, No. 2, May...
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  1. 1. Universidad Católica de la Santísima Concepción Facultad de Educación Departamento de Lenguas Language Assessment UNIT FOUR Online performance-based assessment instruments Dannae Del Campo and Gabriela Quezada Professor Roxana C. Correa Concepción, 2014
  2. 2. 1. Cmap Godwin-Jones (2001) Link: http://popplet.com/app/#/1928728
  3. 3. Grammar Webpage chosen: http://englishteststore.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=11387& Itemid=427 English Test Store is a free source that provides a great variety of options regarding to the assessment of grammar, vocabulary, listening, speaking, among others. This website gives the learner the opportunity to practice and assess his/her performances on different levels of proficiency, regarding to grammar there are more than one hundred number of items, which are related to different topics such as articles, verb to be, tenses, adverbs, American v/s British, prepositions, adjectives, etc. According to Purpura (2004), there are two types of tasks at the moment of assessing grammar: selected response and limited production. Regarding to selected response tasks, the website provides multiple choice item, in which the learner receive the feedback immediately after his/her answer with a brief explanation of the correct answer, and at the end of the test it provides the learner a chart with a summary of the his/ her performances, which details the total number of questions, full score, passing rate, passing score, the learner’s score and the elapse. In terms of limited production, the webpage provides fill in the gaps and sentence transformation. In the item of fill in the gaps, in each gap the test provides a selection of words that can be used. At the end of the test, the learner will receive the same feedback that was mentioned in the multiple choice item. Finally, in the sentence transformation item, the students have to paraphrase the given sentence. At the end of the test the same feedback will be given. In terms of advantages, it can be said that the webpage is well organized. The different topics with their corresponding level are clearly stated; Moreover, each test presents the format and how it has to be answered before the learner start it. Another advantage of this website is the amount of questions per tests, because each test just has ten questions, which avoid that students get bored or distracted in the middle of it. Finally in terms of feedback, as it was mentioned
  4. 4. above, it is very clear because after each answer, the student will know if he/she answers correctly or not, and also he/she will receive a brief explanation of the correct answer; furthermore, at the end of each test, the overall performance of the learner will be detail and the option of an overview of the test. Vocabulary Webpage chosen: http://englishteststore.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id= 11404&Itemid=19 English test store is a useful website for learners of a second language to add and learn new vocabulary. This webpage provides a wide variety of exercises to test learners’ vocabulary and it divides it in categories. Learners can select to learn basic vocabulary, antonyms and synonyms, irregular verbs in the simple past form and irregular verbs in the past participle form, regular verbs, idioms and it also prepare learners for tests such as: TOEIC, SAT, GMAT, TOEFL IBT and GRE. In addition to this, English test store provides immediate feedback on the performance of the learner; which means that, if learners commit a mistake the system will make them aware that they have to reconsider their answer. At the end of the questions, the test provides the learner a chart with a summary of the learner’s performance with the total number of questions, full score, passing rate, passing score, the learner’s score and the elapse. Among the types of tests the webpage provides are: the multiple choice items where the learner has to choose the correct picture which corresponds to the word given, definitions where the learner has to decide which is the best definition of the word given and fill in the gaps where the test taker must select the most suitable word for the definition given. Regarding the 3 dimensions named by Read (2000), this webpage presents as a first dimension a discrete assessment instrument because the vocabulary is assessed as an independent construct, in the second dimension, the range of
  5. 5. vocabulary is selective because it measures specific vocabulary items depending on the category the learners will choose, and in the third dimension the role of context is context-independent because the vocabulary measured by the test taker can be answered without referring to any context. Consequently, in the last dimension named above, the assessment will be more reliable when the role of the context is context-independent because the rater can separate the scoring of pure vocabulary knowledge from the other skills, such as reading and listening. (Read,2000) In terms of advantages, this website is well organized in terms of vocabulary categories. Thus, students can choose the topics they want to improve. Another advantage is the number of questions for each test, because learning vocabulary is not effective when you learn a wide number of words per day. Finally, the last advantage is that learners will receive feedback after each answer they provide; therefore, the student will immediately be aware if the answer is correct or not.
  6. 6. References Godwin-Jones, B. 2001. Language Testing Tools and Technology Language Learning & Technology, Vol. 5, No. 2, May 2001, 8-12 Purpura, J. (2004) Assessing Grammar. Cambridge University Press. United Kingdom. Read, J. (2000). Assessing vocabulary . Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

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