ERIC Number: EJ1085465
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Oral Proficiency Assessment of English-Proficient K-8 Spanish Immersion Students
Fortune, Tara W.; Tedick, Diane J.
Modern Language Journal, v99 n4 p637-655 Win 2015
This cross-sectional study used assessments developed by the Center for Applied Linguistics to examine the oral proficiency of 218 K-8 English-proficient students in 4 Spanish immersion programs. Following a comprehensive review of assessment results for English-proficient immersion learners, the article reports findings from statistical analyses. Ratings of student proficiency were significantly higher between Kindergarten and Grade 2 and between Grades 2 and 5; however, no significant differences were found between Grades 5 and 8, lending empirical support to the plateau effect identified in earlier immersion studies. Furthermore, positive moderate to strong correlations were found between teacher ratings and ratings assigned by trained assessment administrators. The article discusses implications for assessment tools and practices, immersion program design, and pedagogy.
Descriptors: Case Studies, Oral Language, Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Spanish, Immersion Programs, English (Second Language), Program Design, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Elementary School Students, Middle School Students, Teacher Attitudes, Evaluators, Age Differences
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools
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