Esin Kaya-Carton (Ph.D., New York University) is Professor of Educational Research at Hofstra University and Director of the Bureau of Educational Evaluation, Garden City, NY.
Multidimensionality of Foreign Language Reading Proficiency: Preliminary Considerations in Assessment
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1986 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 19, Issue 2, pages 95–102, April 1986
How to Cite
Kaya-Carton, E. and Carton, A. S. (1986), Multidimensionality of Foreign Language Reading Proficiency: Preliminary Considerations in Assessment. Foreign Language Annals, 19: 95–102. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1986.tb03105.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT: This paper reports the first phases of an ACTFL project to develop a computerized adaptive test of reading proficiency. The authors focus on the construct validity of foreign language proficiency as a preliminary step in test development. The theoretical multidimensionality of the construct is clarified, and its implications for test development, item calibration, and validation procedures are discussed. Strategies are specified for selecting text samples, and developing test items which take into account the multitude of text- related dimensions that contribute to variability in proficiency.