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Title:The influence of language assessment on language teaching methods
Author:Nkosana, L.B.M.
Year:1998
Periodical:Zimbabwe Journal of Educational Research (ISSN 1013-3445)
Volume:10
Issue:2
Period:July
Pages:92-114
Language:English
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:language instruction
English language
secondary education
language
Language teaching
Teaching
learning
examinations
Abstract:Botswana recently decided to take over the running of the senior secondary school examinations from the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate in the United Kingdom. The new senior secondary school English syllabus, which was implemented in January 1998, is an English as a second language type and is more relevant to the situation in Botswana. The teaching methodology recommended is the communicative approach. However, the recommended assessment procedures do not include school based assessment involving course work in writing and oral skills and examinations assessing oral or spoken proficiency. The noninclusion of assessment of oral interaction in the examination of the new senior secondary school syllabus, at least in the initial stages, could have a negative washback effect on the teaching of the English language in general and of oral skills in particular. Unless the assessment procedures are changed also to test communicative skills, the pedagogy will remain unchanged in spite of the methodology recommended in the syllabus. The author gives a number of examples of tasks that could be used as a test of oral skills, such as the controlled interview, student-student interaction technique, the information gap task, role play, and the information transfer technique, and suggests that these could be constructed and implemented without too many problems. Bibliogr., sum.
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