How do subject specialists construe classroom language proficiency?
Language Testing | Published : 1993
Recent research on rater variation (e.g., Barnwell, 1989; Douglas and Selinker, 1990; Hadden, 1991) raises the question of whether ‘linguistically naive’ subject specialists may be better equipped than language experts to judge the effectiveness of particular areas of non-native speaker communica tion. This question is investigated with reference to a classroom-based observation schedule which was developed to assess the English language proficiency of non-native speaker graduates training as secondary mathema tics and science teachers. The article examines aspects of rater behaviour as evidenced in recent trials. The schedule was applied to observations of actual performance in the maths an..View full abstract