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Assessing Students' Oral Proficiency: A Case for Online Testing
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Assessing Students' Oral Proficiency: A Case for Online Testing

Author: Thekla Fall; Bonnie Adair-Hauck; Eileen Glisan
Publisher: American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages. 700 South Washington Street Suite 210, Alexandria, VA 22314. Tel: 703-894-2900; Fax: 703-894-2905; e-mail: headquarters@actfl.org; Web site: http://www.actfl.org
Edition/Format: Article Article : English
Publication:Foreign Language Annals, v40 n3 p377-406 Oct 2007
Database:ERIC The ERIC database is an initiative of the U.S. Department of Education.
Other Databases: British Library Serials
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This article reports on the Pittsburgh Public Schools Oral Ratings Assessment for Language Students (PPS ORALS) project, a Title VI Foreign Language Assistance Program grant-funded project to create an online testing Software program that makes large-scale oral testing in a world language not only feasible, but also easy to create, administer, and rate. The primary purpose of this article is to present the PPS ORALS  Read more...
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Document Type: Article
All Authors / Contributors: Thekla Fall; Bonnie Adair-Hauck; Eileen Glisan
ISSN:0015-718X
Language Note: English
Unique Identifier: 425571878
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This article reports on the Pittsburgh Public Schools Oral Ratings Assessment for Language Students (PPS ORALS) project, a Title VI Foreign Language Assistance Program grant-funded project to create an online testing Software program that makes large-scale oral testing in a world language not only feasible, but also easy to create, administer, and rate. The primary purpose of this article is to present the PPS ORALS assessment model as a valid Instrument for determining students' oral proficiency on the ACTFL Oral Proficiency Scale. A second goal of the article is to present ways in which large-scale, districtwide oral proficiency testing at grade 5, grade 8, level 3 high school, and grade 12 can be accomplished feasibly. Finally, the article shares the results of the PPS ORALS over a four-year period and offers implications for the future. (Contains 17 notes, 6 tables and 1 figure.)

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