Assessing and testing learners’ language proficiency

Durairajan, Geetha (2016) Assessing and testing learners’ language proficiency. Language and Language Teaching, 5 (1). pp. 52-56. ISSN 2277-307X

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As living social beings, we spend a large part of our lives either conversing with people, reading something written by others, or writing about something to someone. Every time we listen to what is said or read what has been written, we subconsciously evaluate what has been stated.This instinctive evaluation includes the language capability or proficiency of the person we are interacting with. We tell ourselves, at least in our minds: “good writer”, “speaks well”. We evaluate those we interact with, but such an evaluation is unconscious and instinctive; without it no conversation or correspondence between any two people would be possible. The evaluation of the language capability of a person is not mandatory, but the evaluation of what is said is essential.

Item Type: Articles in APF Magazines
Authors: Durairajan, Geetha
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Uncontrolled Keywords: language learning , language proficiency, assessing learners, testing language proficiency
Subjects: Language
Divisions: Azim Premji University > University Publications > Language and Language Teaching
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