(Ph.D., Penn State University) is Assistant Professor of TESL/Linguistics at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater.
The Oral Proficiency Interview: Discrete Point Test or a Measure of Communicative Language Ability?
Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
© 1992 American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages
Foreign Language Annals
Volume 25, Issue 3, pages 227–231, May 1992
How to Cite
Halleck, G. B. (1992), The Oral Proficiency Interview: Discrete Point Test or a Measure of Communicative Language Ability?. Foreign Language Annals, 25: 227–231. doi: 10.1111/j.1944-9720.1992.tb00532.x
- Issue published online: 31 DEC 2008
- Article first published online: 31 DEC 2008
ABSTRACT This article1 reports the results of a study that investigated the relative contribution of discrete points of sentence level grammar and communicative factors on determination of proficiency level. Raters' responses on questionnaires concerning their choice of rating reveal that communicative factors rather than features of discrete-point sentence level grammar were most influential in determining a subject's proficiency level. These data provide support for the ACTFL Guidelines and suggest that the concerns of some critics with respect to the Guidelines' failure to mention communicative competence are unwarranted.