The Case for a Comprehensive, Four-Skills Assessment of English-Language Proficiency

Author(s):
Powers, Donald E.
Publication Year:
2010
Report Number:
RDC-14
Source:
R&D Connections, n14, May 2010
Document Type:
Periodical
Page Count:
12
Subject/Key Words:
Language Testing Speaking English Language Learning and Assessment (ELLA) Listening Research & Development Division (R&D) Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) Writing English Proficiency Reading

Abstract

Can a single measure serve as a sufficient proxy for a test taker’s overall proficiency in all modes of communication in English, including listening, reading, writing, and speaking? The 14th issue of R&D Connections explores the arguments in favor of a comprehensive assessment that taps all four language skills.

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