I'm trying to prepare for a conference in April so I thought I'd post the first draft of my proposal here so everyone can see what I'm working on. Proposals can't be over like 250 words (sometimes no more than 200 words) so this isn't going to be very long.
Grammar is an essential part of language knowledge. However, many Second language acquisition researchers prefer not to teach grammar explicitly. This leads to inaccurate test design and inaccurate assessment of grammatical ability. Purpura (2004) believes that grammar should be taught explicitly and that as classroom teachers, we need to assess grammatical ability properly. This grammar test is designed for low level ESL or EFL settings. This test is to be used in the classroom by the teacher and is low stakes. We have assumed that these grammatical forms and meanings have been taught in the classroom so that we are not testing forms and meanings that were never introduced in the classroom. The test has been piloted and the results of the test will be given.
There's no point in learning a language unless you can use it correctly and skillfully.
|QUOTE (tvman099 @ Dec 13 2005, 01:49 AM)|
| There's no point in learning a language unless you can use it correctly and skillfully. |
Exactly, but one thing that is still done in many ESL programs (I also saw it yesterday being done at a Japanese university for Japanese Second Language classes) is separation of Reading and Writing.
The test design this proposal is written for is based on that book I mentioned in the book club: Assessing Grammar.