A New Self-adaptive Separate Grammar Test for L2 Online Young Learners


Grammar, a core component of the language system, is usually tested through writing and speaking in major language tests for young second language (L2) learners, such as Cambridge YLE. This, however, can not be aligned with students’ learning needs in later stage of acquisition. Moreover, the form of grammar, which is a better reflection of learners’ explicit knowledge of grammar, should deserve more attention in language tests. Taken together, a proposal that grammar should be tested separately arises. Thus, this paper introduces a new self-adaptive grammar test for online young L2 learners. As mentioned above, using correct form of grammar is vital for L2 young learners. Assessing grammar through four skills are too vague and inaccurate to provide comprehensive diagnosis of grammar knowledge and skills. Hence, the author decides to test grammar separately. Meanwhile, considering the methods and purposes of online assessment, the question type we choose in this new test is multiple-choice, through which we can know students’ specific weakness and strength. Furthermore, many tests used to assess students’ English level is unified. Few tests can test students’ actual level. This new grammar test is self-adaptive which can provide students with different questions based on students’ last question’s performance. It can assess students’ performance more accurately. Besides, this self-adaptive test also can save a lot of testing time. Therefore, students’ grammar performance can be accurately and effectively tested.

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Yan Jiang, PandaABC, China

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Conference: ACE2019
Stream: Assessment Theories & Methodologies

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