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Annotated Bibliography: Oral Proficiency Testing
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This annotated bibliography presents pertinent and useful research in the field of Oral Proficiency Testing, ranging from foundational publications to the latest innovations and studies, from 1988 to the present. It is divided into several categories by topic and common theme for ease of use: (1) Overviews and background; (2) Validity and validation studies; (3) Test and task design; (4) Oral proficiency assessment development; (5) Interlocutor and examinee characteristics; (6) Raters and interviewers; (7) Implementation and use; (8) Oral proficiency testing and curriculum; and (9) Technology. Throughout the bibliography, the American Council of Teachers of Foreign Languages will be referred to by the acronym ACTFL, and the Oral Proficiency Interview will be referred to as the OPI.

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Annotated bibliography: Overview of evaluation and assessment in heritage language learning
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The annotated bibliography presents a synopsis of studies, from as early as 1989 to the present, which address different issues related to heritage language assessment and program evaluation. It is composed of 8 parts: (a) Reviews; (b) Surveys; (c) Assessment (placement and other tests); (d) Assessment for the purpose of differentiating HLLs and non-HLLs; (e) ACTFL Proficiency guidelines for assessing HLLs; (f) Evaluation of HL programs; (g) Sociocultural aspects (identity, attitudes, and motivation); and (h) Key background and theoretical papers on HLLs.

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Assessing Language Development
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Updated 10/2016 This site is intended for language educators, especially those new to the profession. It will familiarize you with a range of approaches towards language assessment, including those that are often termed "alternative forms of assessment". The forms of assessment described here are not particular to any given language but can be used with learners of any language, including Chinese, Russian, Japanese, Arabic, and Korean as well as more commonly taught languages like Spanish, French, and German and English as a Second Language.

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