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Language Testing

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Language Testing

  1. 1. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Testing is the practice and study of evaluating the proficiency of an individual in using a particular language effectively. Winning entry from the 2009/10 Priscilla Allen, University of Washington.http://washington.academia.edu/PriscillaAllen
  2. 2. LANGUAGE TESTINGThe activity of developing and using languagetests. As a psychometric activity, language testingtraditionally was more concerned with theproduction, development and analysis of tests.Recent critical and ethical approaches to languagetesting have placed more emphasis on the uses oflanguage tests. The purpose of a language test isto determine a person’s knowledge and/or abilityin the language and to discriminate that person’sability from that of others. Alan Davies, University of Edinburgh.
  3. 3. LANGUAGE TESTINGSuch ability may be of different kinds,achievement, proficiency or aptitude. Tests, unlikescales, consist of specified tasks through whichlanguage abilities are elicited. The term languageassessment is used in free variation with languagetesting although it is also used somewhat morewidely to include for example classroom testingfor learning and institutional examinations. Alan Davies, University of Edinburgh.
  4. 4. LANGUAGE TESTINGPrimary Language Assessment Language Evaluation Language Testing Languages and Linguistics Winning entry from the 2009/10 Priscilla Allen, University of Washington.
  5. 5. LANGUAGE TESTINGLanguage AssessmentLanguage assessment is aprogram under the field ofapplied linguistics that essentiallyfocuses on evaluating a person’sfluency in a language. By: Karize Uy
  6. 6. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Assessment The foundation of a language assessment involves its language content standards and language policies. By: Karize Uyhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-language-assessment.htm
  7. 7. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Assessment These two determine what a student should learn from a language course and the expectations and goals he should meet by the end of the course. By: Karize Uyhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-language-assessment.htm
  8. 8. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Assessment Another important factor in a language assessment is the language performance standard. This determines the language skills a student should develop in order to pass the assessment. By: Karize Uyhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-language-assessment.htm
  9. 9. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Assessment This can include skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening. These skills can be evaluated by, for example, counting the number of pauses within talk time, the use of different syntax and patterns for sentences, and even the knowledge of proper etiquette during situational conversations. By: Karize Uyhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-language-assessment.htm
  10. 10. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Assessment Collecting information on the progress of students’ learning using a variety of procedures (e.g., checklists, formal tests, inventories, self-assessment, writing folders). By: Karize Uyhttp://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-language-assessment.htm
  11. 11. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Evaluation Evaluation is used for various purposes in education. Student evaluation gauges students’ growth, development, and progress against stated learning objectives.http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/ela20/eval.html
  12. 12. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Evaluation Making judgements on the basis of the information collected.http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/ela20/eval.html
  13. 13. LANGUAGE TESTING Language Evaluation Evaluation tells educators the strengths and weaknesses of the program in order that adjustments and adaptations can be made. In addition, teachers grow professionally when they reflect on their own teaching and when they keep informed of current instructional strategies and evaluation methods they may use in their programs.http://www.sasked.gov.sk.ca/docs/ela20/eval.html
  14. 14. LANGUAGE TESTINGLanguage EvaluationEvaluation principlesa. Evaluation should reflect the stated learning objectives and is integrated with instruction.b. Evaluation is continuous and useful.c. Evaluation expectations should be communicated clearly from the beginning.d. Evaluation should be fair and equitable.e. Evaluation should be constructive.f. Evaluation should be balanced and comprehensive.

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