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José Carlos Maya Carmona
Marina Sánchez Revuelta

 WHY TEST GRAMMAR?
-Grammatical ability or the lack of it sets limits to
what can be achieved in other skills.
-It is useful to diagnose what gaps exist in the
repertoire of students.
-It is helpful to inform teachers and learners to
take responsability for filling the existing gaps.
TESTING GRAMMAR

 WRITING SPECIFICATIONS
Achievement tests Placement tests
Specification on content Specifications will
should be straightforward include all the structures
identified
 SAMPLING: will reflect the selection of the
structures identified
TESTING GRAMMAR

 WRITING ITEMS:
It is important to be written in gramatically correct
language.
TECHNIQUES FOR TESTING GRAMMAR:
1. Gap filling
2. Paraphrase Production
3. Completion
4. Multiple choice Recognition
TESTING GRAMMAR

 1. Gap filling
 He arrived late, _______was a surprise.(which)
 He displayed the wide, bright smile_______had
charmed so many people before.(which, that).
 Computers have had the ability to play chess for many
years now,[…]able
 2. Paraphrase: equivalent meaning
When we arrived, a policeman was questioning the bank clerk.
When we arrived, the bank clerk _____________
TESTING GRAMMAR

 3. Completion: test a variety of structures
-Mr Gilbert: And when…………..?
+Mr Cole: In 1972, at the end of the summer term.
 4. Multiple choice: useful when gap filling does not test what
we really want.
Example: use of could
A. They left at seven. They ____ be home by now.
B. Yes, but we can’t count on it, can we?
a. Can b. could c. will d.must
TESTING GRAMMAR

 SCORING PRODUCTION GRAMMAR TESTS
- Gap filling and multiple choice: items should cause
no problems
We should take into account…
-If we focus on one element we have to reward just on
this element.
-Two elements are test: points may be assigned for each
of them
TESTING GRAMMAR

 WHY TEST VOCABULARY?
- Essential when using a language, so is important to test it.
- Is supported with the inclusion of grammar.
Problem and solution in testing vocabulary
- Apparently usefulness of vocabulary test are not as much
as in grammar test.
- One alternative is to use published test of vocabulary or
construct one for our group of students.
TESTING VOCABULARY

 WRITING SPECIFICATIONS
Achievement tests Placement &proficiency
tests
All the items should Important to make reference
be included to one of the published
word lists
 SAMPLING: Words can be grouped according to their
frequency and usefulness
TESTING VOCABULARY

 WRITING ITEMS
1. Testing recognition ability
a) Recognise synonyms
b) Recognise definitions multiple
c) Recognise appropriate word for context choice
2. Testing production ability
a)Picture
b)Definitions achievement test
c)Gap filling
TESTING VOCABULARY
a) Recognise synonims
Choose the alternative (a, b, c or d) which is closest in meaning to the word
on the left on the page.
Gleam a) Gather b) shine c)welcome d) clean
b) Recognise definitions
Loathe means…
a)Dislike intensely c) Search carefully
b) Become seriously ill d) Looks very angry
c) Recognise appropriate words in context
The strong wind _____ the man’s efforts to put up the tent.
a)Disabled b)hampered c)deranged d)regaled
TESTING VOCABULARY

a) Pictures : the main difficulty in testing productive
lexical ability is the need to limit the candidate to the
lexical item that we have in mind. The best way to solve
this is using pictures. (achievement test)
Each of the objects below has a letter against it. Write down
the names of the objects:
a……… d……….
b……… e……….
c……… f……….
TESTING VOCABULARY

b) Definitions: It is important to be careful when
selecting a word, because it can be ambiguous
………….. is frozen water
c) Gap filling
Because of the snow, the football match was________
until the following week.
TESTING VOCABULARY

THANKS FOR YOUR
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Testing grammar and vocabulary

  • 1. José Carlos Maya Carmona Marina Sánchez Revuelta
  • 2.   WHY TEST GRAMMAR? -Grammatical ability or the lack of it sets limits to what can be achieved in other skills. -It is useful to diagnose what gaps exist in the repertoire of students. -It is helpful to inform teachers and learners to take responsability for filling the existing gaps. TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 3.   WRITING SPECIFICATIONS Achievement tests Placement tests Specification on content Specifications will should be straightforward include all the structures identified  SAMPLING: will reflect the selection of the structures identified TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 4.   WRITING ITEMS: It is important to be written in gramatically correct language. TECHNIQUES FOR TESTING GRAMMAR: 1. Gap filling 2. Paraphrase Production 3. Completion 4. Multiple choice Recognition TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 5.   1. Gap filling  He arrived late, _______was a surprise.(which)  He displayed the wide, bright smile_______had charmed so many people before.(which, that).  Computers have had the ability to play chess for many years now,[…]able  2. Paraphrase: equivalent meaning When we arrived, a policeman was questioning the bank clerk. When we arrived, the bank clerk _____________ TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 6.   3. Completion: test a variety of structures -Mr Gilbert: And when…………..? +Mr Cole: In 1972, at the end of the summer term.  4. Multiple choice: useful when gap filling does not test what we really want. Example: use of could A. They left at seven. They ____ be home by now. B. Yes, but we can’t count on it, can we? a. Can b. could c. will d.must TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 7.   SCORING PRODUCTION GRAMMAR TESTS - Gap filling and multiple choice: items should cause no problems We should take into account… -If we focus on one element we have to reward just on this element. -Two elements are test: points may be assigned for each of them TESTING GRAMMAR
  • 8.   WHY TEST VOCABULARY? - Essential when using a language, so is important to test it. - Is supported with the inclusion of grammar. Problem and solution in testing vocabulary - Apparently usefulness of vocabulary test are not as much as in grammar test. - One alternative is to use published test of vocabulary or construct one for our group of students. TESTING VOCABULARY
  • 9.   WRITING SPECIFICATIONS Achievement tests Placement &proficiency tests All the items should Important to make reference be included to one of the published word lists  SAMPLING: Words can be grouped according to their frequency and usefulness TESTING VOCABULARY
  • 10.   WRITING ITEMS 1. Testing recognition ability a) Recognise synonyms b) Recognise definitions multiple c) Recognise appropriate word for context choice 2. Testing production ability a)Picture b)Definitions achievement test c)Gap filling TESTING VOCABULARY
  • 11. a) Recognise synonims Choose the alternative (a, b, c or d) which is closest in meaning to the word on the left on the page. Gleam a) Gather b) shine c)welcome d) clean b) Recognise definitions Loathe means… a)Dislike intensely c) Search carefully b) Become seriously ill d) Looks very angry c) Recognise appropriate words in context The strong wind _____ the man’s efforts to put up the tent. a)Disabled b)hampered c)deranged d)regaled TESTING VOCABULARY
  • 12.  a) Pictures : the main difficulty in testing productive lexical ability is the need to limit the candidate to the lexical item that we have in mind. The best way to solve this is using pictures. (achievement test) Each of the objects below has a letter against it. Write down the names of the objects: a……… d………. b……… e………. c……… f………. TESTING VOCABULARY
  • 13.  b) Definitions: It is important to be careful when selecting a word, because it can be ambiguous ………….. is frozen water c) Gap filling Because of the snow, the football match was________ until the following week. TESTING VOCABULARY