Language Performance Assessment: Current Trends in Theory and Research
Education Resources Information Center (ERIC), USA 2004
124 Pages Posted: 10 Dec 2013 Last revised: 11 Sep 2016
Date Written: 2004
The purpose of this paper is to review the theoretical and empirical literature relevant to language performance assessment. Following a definition of performance assessment, this paper considers: (1) theoretical assumptions underlying performance assessment; (2) purposes of performance assessment; (3) performance assessment procedures; (4) merits and demerits of performance assessment; (5) language performance assessment formats and research relevant to each format; (6) criteria for selecting performance assessment formats; (7) alternative groupings for assessing student performance; (8) performance assessment via computers and research related to this area; (9) reliability and validity of performance assessment and research related to this area; and (10) conclusions drawn from the literature reviewed in this paper.
Keywords: Performance Based Assessment; Oral Language; Language Proficiency; Interviews; Language Tests; Portfolios; Story Telling; Student Evaluation; Evaluation Methods; Test Reliability
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