Assessing language proficiency through storying

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Date:
2006
Publisher:
Cascadilla Press
Part Of Series:
Newcastle and Durham Working Papers in Linguistics 12 & 13. , p. 160-173.
Extent:
14 pages
Abstract:
This paper presents a research methodology used in Tajikistan for the assessment of second-language proficiency in Tajik amongst some Yaghnob and Yazghulami communities in Tajikistan. The results demonstrate that even in societies whose cultural norms make formal testing unacceptable, a combination of less threatening tools can gain an approximate picture of the range of second-language proficiencies across a community. A key tool was a "Storying Proficiency Interview," which reduced the amount of respondent subjectivity and over- and under-assessment bias, and stimulated fuller, non-polar answers.
Publication Status:
Published
Country:
Tajikistan
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Subject:
Second-language proficiency assessment
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Entry Number:
41743