David J. Dwyer (Ph. D., Michigan State University) is Associate Professor of Anthropology and African Studies at Michigan State University.
A Team Approach To Proficiency Testing in African Languages
Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1988 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 21, Issue 1, pages 35–39, February 1988
How to Cite
Dwyer, D. J. and Hiple, D. V. (1988), A Team Approach To Proficiency Testing in African Languages. Foreign Language Annals, 21: 35–39. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1988.tb01057.x
- Issue online: 31 DEC 2008
- Version of Record online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This paper focuses on a major pressing problem in the field of African language teaching, that of developing common standards and procedures for language proficiency assessment, given Africa's more than 1500 distinct languages. The authors report the results of a workshop to examine the application of ACTFL proficiency testing to African languages, specifically to address the possibility of an alternative proficiency testing procedure for those languages for which certified testers may never be available. The potential and problems of a team assessment approach are discussed.