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The design and refinement of a test of early academic literacyTaalwetenschappen - Applied Linguistics-TEFL (Master)

Sanet Steyn, (2014) The design and refinement of a test of early academic literacy. Master thesis, Taalwetenschappen - Applied Linguistics-TEFL (Master).

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The language of teaching and learning is a very important issue, especially in multilingual contexts. Despite having eleven official languages in South Africa, only two of these languages, English and Afrikaans, are used beyond the foundational phase of education. Consequently, many of the learners who only study English as their L2 from grade 0 to 3 must make the shift from a mother-tongue education to English medium instruction once they enter the intermediate phase (grade 4 - 6). This means that, like native speakers of English and learners who use English as their language of teaching and learning (LoLT) during their early education, these learners will have to be able to use English proficiently enough to receive all further instruction in English. This study looked at the design of a new test that measures a student’s ability to use English for academic purposes at this level. The newly designed construct was used to design a test and this prototype was then administered to a small cohort of 179 grade 3 and 4 learners (9 and 10 years old). The piloting results were used to evaluate the productivity of the test items and the overall performance of the test. With a Cronbach alpha of 0.91, this test appears to be very reliable. Two items were flagged and need further refinement before application of the developed instrument. The final product of this study, the Test of Early Academic Literacy or TEAL, must now be subjected to further piloting and evaluation.

Type: Thesis (Master)
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Lowie, W.M. (Wander)
Weideman, A.J. (Albert)
Opleiding: Taalwetenschappen - Applied Linguistics-TEFL (Master)
Datum van aanlevering: 03 Jun 2016 09:15
Laatst gewijzigd: 03 Jun 2016 09:15
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