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Soal Assessment in Language Teaching

Assessment in Language Teaching

1. Look at the sample test.

Match the words in Column A with the premises in Column B.

Column A Column B
1. come a. low
2. high b. narrow
3. big c. go
4. wide d. slowly
5. long e. short

a. What kind of test is the sample above?

b. Decide whether it is a good or bad sample test! Give at least 3 arguments for your answer based on the principles for constructing tests by Gronlund and Waugh (2009)!

Answer (click here).

2. Listening is often regarded as a difficult skill because in the process of listening a listener needs to get immediate comprehension. In designing assessment in listening skill, Brown and Abeywickrama (2010) classified listening tasks into several categories: intensive, responsive, selective, extensive, interactive. 

a. Intensive listening refers to listening for perception. Describe three listening tasks for intensive listening!

b. Provide the example for each of the task you describe!

Answer (click here).

3. Beside language skills, language components (pronunciation, grammar, and vocabulary) are needed to be assessed in language teaching and learning. To be more specific, vocabulary simply means all the words in a language. Vocabulary assessment is to examine students’ mastery level of words. 

Describe six types of vocabulary assessment tasks as stated by Brown and Abeywickrama (2010)!

Answer (click here).

4. Standardized language assessment or standardized assessment is a set of tests prepared by a team of experts in assessment for assessing language proficiency. Djiwandono (2008) proposed a procedure for designing a standardized assessment, as follows: 

  1. Planning: determining language ability to be tested, identifying the characteristics of the test-takers, writing the objectives, specifying the test type and test format. 
  2. Writing test items, based on the planning 
  3. Doing critical review of the test 
  4. Trying-out the test 
  5. Revising 
  6. Fixing the final product 

Look at the planning set for language assessment below. 

  • Test-taker: SMA Students Grade XII 
  • Skills/component: reading, listening, vocabulary, and grammar 
  • Test type/format: multiple-choice items (5 choices from A-E) 
  • Objectives/language ability: 

    1. Ability to identify the purpose of the text 
    2. Ability to select the synonym of the text 
    3. Ability to find the implied information of the text 
    4. Ability to select the appropriate gerund/infinitive in a sentence 
    5. Ability to recognize the communicative functions of utterances 

Design a set of language test consisting of at least 5 items of questions based on the planning set above!

Answer (click here).