Abstract

Testing oral proficiency is an important, but often neglected part of the foreign language classroom. Currently accepted methods in testing oral proficiency are timely and expensive. Some work has been done to test and implement new assessment methods, but have focused primarily on English or Spanish (Graham et al. 2008). In this thesis, I demonstrate that the processes established for English and Spanish elicited imitation (EI) testing are relevant to French EI testing. First, I document the development, implementation and evaluation of an EI test to assess French oral proficiency. I also detail the incorporation of the use of automatic speech recognition to score French EI items. Last, I substantiate with statistical analyses that carefully engineered, automatically scored French EI items correlate to a high degree with French OPI scores.

Degree

MA

College and Department

Humanities; Linguistics and English Language

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Date Submitted

2011-06-27

Document Type

Thesis

Handle

http://hdl.lib.byu.edu/1877/etd4518

Keywords

oral proficiency assessment, automatic speech recognition, ASR, elicited imitation, EI, sentence repetition, SR, SRT, French, French testing, global oral proficiency, elicited response

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