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dc.contributor.advisorMacdonald, Dorisen_US
dc.contributor.authorStoughton, Anne M.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-12-03T21:27:48Z
dc.date.available2019-12-03T21:27:48Z
dc.date.issued2019
dc.identifier.urihttps://commons.lib.niu.edu/handle/10843/21653
dc.descriptionCommittee members: Aygen, Gűlşat; Birner, Betty.en_US
dc.descriptionAdvisor: Macdonald, Doris.en_US
dc.descriptionIncludes bibliographical references.en_US
dc.description.abstractOral language tests have been used since the 1950s to assess the proficiency of spoken language. In the 1980s and 1990s, the need for oral proficiency testing increased as states began to mandate that universities within their jurisdictions test the English proficiency of instructors due to growing concerns over international teaching assistants' (ITAs) comprehensibility. Many universities turned to the Speaking Proficiency English Assessment Kit℗ʼ (SPEAK test), a language proficiency test created and distributed by the Educational Testing Service (ETS), as means to test ITA proficiency in English. ETS's discontinuance of the SPEAK test in 2010 has forced, and is forcing, many universities to look for new ways to assess ITA proficiency. This research identifies replacement opportunities for the SPEAK test by exploring the major theories impacting oral proficiency tests and studying the assessment tools being used at 17 Midwestern universities as a means for evaluating ITA spoken language ability. The types of tests being used, the nature of the questions asked, and the processes used to place ITAs are assessed. The paper provides a recommendation for establishing an ITA spoken language proficiency process that includes two forms of oral language assessment (a teaching demonstration and either a language test or oral interview), a tiered ITA placement system, and required or recommended English as a Second Language (ESL) coursework. Recommendations are also provided for developing an ITA proficiency assessment from former SPEAK tests. The suggested ITA process provides a means to assess, develop, and validate ITAs' communicative competence in authentic ITA language situations.en_US
dc.format.extent93 pagesen_US
dc.language.isoengen_US
dc.publisherNorthern Illinois Universityen_US
dc.rightsNIU theses are protected by copyright. They may be viewed from Huskie Commons for any purpose, but reproduction or distribution in any format is prohibited without the written permission of the authors.en_US
dc.subject.lcshEnglish--Study and teaching--Foreign speakersen_US
dc.subject.lcshEducation, Higheren_US
dc.titleITA language proficiency testing : recommended replacement for the SPEAK testen_US
dc.type.genreDissertation/Thesisen_US
dc.typeTexten_US
dc.contributor.departmentDepartment of Englishen_US
dc.description.degreeM.A. (Master of Arts)en_US


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