Designing and Sustaining a Foreign Language Writing Proficiency Assessment Program at the Postsecondary Level

Elizabeth Bernhardt, Joan Molitoris, Ken Romeo, Nina Lin, Patricia Valderrama

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Abstract

Writing in postsecondary foreign language contexts in North America has received far less attention in the curriculum than the development of oral proficiency. This article describes one institution's process of confronting the challenges not only of recognizing the contribution of writing to students' overall linguistic development, but also of implementing a program-wide process of assessing writing proficiency. The article reports writing proficiency ratings that were collected over a 5-year period for more than 4,000 learners in 10 languages, poses questions regarding the proficiency levels that postsecondary learners achieved across 2 years of foreign language instruction, and relates writing proficiency scores to Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview ratings for a subset of students. The article also articulates the crucial relationship between professional development and writing as well as the role of technology in collecting and assessing writing samples.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-349
Number of pages21
JournalForeign Language Annals
Volume48
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2015 Sep 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Oral proficiency
  • Technology
  • Writing proficiency

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language

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