Assessment of oral proficiency in EAP programs : a case for pair interaction

May, Lynette A. (2000) Assessment of oral proficiency in EAP programs : a case for pair interaction. Language & Communication Review, 9(1), pp. 13-19.


Reliability and validity in the testing of spoken language are essential in order to assess learners' English language proficiency as evidence of their readiness to begin courses in tertiary institutions. Research has indicated that the task chosen to elicit language samples can have a marked effect on both the nature of the interaction, including the power differential, and assessment, raising the issue of ethics. This exploratory studey, with a group of 32 students from the Peoples's Republic of China preparing for tertiary study in Singapore, compares test-takers' reactions to the use of an oral proficiency interview and a pair interaction.

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ID Code: 34230
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: speaking assessment, paired speaking tests, test-taker feedback
ISSN: 02118-2688
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2000 Please consult the author.
Deposited On: 26 Aug 2010 00:24
Last Modified: 26 Aug 2010 00:24

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