PRIHANTORO, PRIHANTORO EVALUATING BASIC ENGLISH TEST ITEMS FOR NON-ENGLISH STUDENTS FROM TEACHERS PERSPECTIVES. Proceedings of International Conference on Educational Research and Education ISSN 2407-1501 .
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Abstract--This paper seeks to evaluate diverse Basic English tests items for Indonesian college students who are non-English major (all majors except English). The object of this research is a collection of English exam sheets (both mid and final terms) for non-English students in one state university in Central Java, Indonesia. Test items were categorized thematically. The most popular skills tested are reading comprehension and grammar. Writing is low. Listening is never tested. In order to understand the perspectives the English teachers, the teachers who composed the exam sheets were also interviewed. The result has shown that 95% of the items are indirect assessment (multiple choices, true false, matching, cloze quiz) are preferred as the correcting and scoring is much easier. Besides, this gives advantage for students as the answers are already provided. It fits language skills like reading and grammar. Direct assessment in the form of construction (e.g essay) is rare. The existing ones put very tight constraints (number of words, topic etc). Direct assessment is less preferred as correct/proper answers may vary and the scoring is time consuming. The interviews result show that classes they teach and their teaching loads drove this preference. However, changes might take place when the related program/department/university/ 1) strengthen the human resources (in terms of quantity and quality) or 2) delegates the responsibility to a committed language center.
|Subjects:||P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics|
|Divisions:||Faculty of Humanities > Department of English|
|Deposited By:||INVALID USER|
|Deposited On:||12 Jun 2016 07:32|
|Last Modified:||12 Jun 2016 07:32|
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