ANNELISE MARSHALL (TOKYO INTERNATIONAL UNIVERSITY)

WRITING ORIGINAL QUESTIONS TO PREPARE FOR STANDARDIZED TESTS : LANGUAGE TESTING AND ASSESSMENT

Standardized tests including TOEFL and TOEIC are important tools for EFL students who want to apply for programs abroad, demonstrate language proficiency for employment opportunities, or monitor their progress. While a communicative language class does not focus primarily on test preparation, the potentially high stakes of test performance should be addressed. In this practice-based presentation participants will engage in activities used to prepare students for taking a standardized English proficiency test. By writing their own original test questions, students are familiarized with the format of a test and encouraged to think critically about the type of information included in test items. The questions are written in collaboration with peers, including an element of communicative practice. This presentation will demonstrate activities used to prepare students for the TOEIC test listening section. However, information will also be given on how to apply these activities to reading questions, and other multiple choice tests.

Annelise Marshall holds an MA in Linguistics with a Specialization in Language Teaching from the University of Oregon. She currently teaches EFL and academic writing at Tokyo International University in Japan.