Linda L. Harlow (Ph.D., Purdue University) is Assistant Professor of French at the Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
Oral Testing of Beginning Language Students at Large Universities: Is It Worth the Trouble?
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1990 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 23, Issue 6, pages 489–498, December 1990
How to Cite
Harlow, L. L. and Caminero, R. (1990), Oral Testing of Beginning Language Students at Large Universities: Is It Worth the Trouble?. Foreign Language Annals, 23: 489–498. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1990.tb00414.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT With the current emphasis on developing the communicative competence of our students, most would agree that it is not only desirable but essential that oral skills be tested from beginning levels on. Maintaining a high quality oral testing program is not without difficulties, however, which may be compounded in large universities where beginning level teaching is typically done in large classes by inexperienced graduate students. This article summarizes the findings of a study that examined the place of oral testing in foreign language instructional programs at large institutions today. Problems common to most oral testing programs are described, and suggestions on ways to minimize these problems are proposed.