Does student language ability affect the assessment of teacher language ability?

David CONIAM, Peter FALVEY

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Abstract

This article arises from an investigation into the classroom language assessment (CLA) component of the Hong Kong English language benchmark test for lower secondary (Grades 7-9) teachers of English as a second language (ESL). After some background to the benchmarking initiative in Hong Kong and to the CLA test, the article describes a small-scale study into the effect of student levels of ability on grades awarded to teachers working in schools with differing ability intakes. In the study, a group of ESL teachers were videotaped teaching ESL classes at two different student ability levels, with the two sets of videos assessed by trained CLA assessors. Results indicate that, although there is some variety in the grade awarded to the two different classes taught, variation in grades may well be attributable to individual teacher performance rather than to external factors such as the ability levels of the students being taught. The grades awarded were generally consistent, irrespective of whether classes of high-ability students or low-ability students were being taught. Copyright © 2003 Kluwer Academic Publishers.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)269-285
JournalJournal of Personnel Evaluation in Education
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2002

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Citation

Coniam, D., & Falvey, P. (2002). Does student language ability affect the assessment of teacher language ability? Journal of Personnel Evaluation in Education, 16(4), 269-285. doi: 10.1023/A:1021739923027

Keywords

  • English language
  • External factor
  • Language ability
  • Ability level
  • Benchmark test