Integrative tests: A better way to assess English learners
from By: Douglas Magrath
From Oct. 8:
Testing in ESL is the means of assessing the learners' progress in specific skill areas. Teachers need to make up their own tests to measure the learners' progress, to examine specific skill areas and to discover deficiencies. Traditionally, tests have been linguistics-based in nature, in that specific items are tested rather than semantics where the focus is on functional language use. Discrete-point tests have a purpose, but they are not the best way of testing language competence.
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