MEASURED LANGUAGE: ASSESSING PROFICIENCY IN LESS COMMONLY TAUGHT LANGUAGES
A Workshop by
TROY L. COX, Ph.D.
Associate Director of Research and Assessment,
Center for Language Studies, Brigham Young University
1:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friday, October 23, 2015
Education Commons, Seminar Room
George A. Weiss Pavilion on 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruc
Accurate measurements require standards. Physical sciences measure length, mass and volume based on agreed upon criteria, though different scales (e.g. metric vs. imperial) exist to make those measurements. To measure real-world language ability, the proficiency scales/guidelines are agreed upon criteria that can be used as the standard upon which to create measurement instruments. This workshop will present information on objective measurement, the proficiency scale and how the two can be combined to measure language objectively.
Troy L. Cox has been involved with language assessment and technology in teaching since 1996. He is a certified ACTFL oral proficiency tester and trainer and has used his testing expertise as a forensic linguist and in test development projects for various organizations. His research interests include proficiency testing, self-assessments, technology in assessment and Rasch measurement and he has presented and published research in those areas in a number of venues. He served as the associate coordinator of technology and assessment at Brigham Young University's (BYU) English Language Center for seventeen years and is currently the associate director of research and assessment for BYU's Center for Language Studies.
Space is limited. RSVP required.