The use of ICT in the assessment of modern languages: the English context and European viewpoints
Authors: Hunt, Marilyn; Neill, Sean; Barnes, Ann
Source: Educational Review, Volume 59, Number 2, May 2007 , pp. 195-213(19)
Abstract:The ever increasing explosion of highly attractive multimedia resources on offer has boosted the use of information and communication technology (ICT) in the teaching and learning of modern languages. The use of ICT to assess languages is less frequent, however, although online testing is starting to develop. This paper examines the national context for the assessment of modern foreign language proficiency in England, outlines the kinds of assessment currently available and the development of electronic forms of assessment and compares the above with the survey results of a European Union (EU) funded project on current good practice in online assessment of languages in other European countries. The findings indicate that speaking is inadequately served by online testing as tests currently focus primarily on receptive language skills. The implications for future successful online testing include the incorporation of interactive skills and effective formative feedback.
Document Type: Research article
Publication date: 2007-05-01