Keywords

: learning environment, oral proficiency, Russian as a second language, self‐ evaluation, study abroad

Abstract

In this study, the authors evaluated the strengths and limitations of a self‐ assessment based on ACTFL Can‐Do statements (ACTFL, 2013) as a tool for measuring linguistic gains over an internship abroad in Russia. They assessed its reliability, determined how its items mapped with the ACTFL scale, and measured the degree to which students’ self‐evaluations matched oral proficiency interview (OPI) test results (i.e., predictive validity). Data revealed a high level of reliability. Furthermore, self‐ assessment items ascended in the order of difficulty expected (i.e., Superior items were the most difficult, followed by Advanced), but differences between the means for items representing the ACTFL levels were not statistically significant. Finally, while students demonstrated significant gains from pre‐ to posttests on both the OPI and the self‐ assessment, correlations between these measures were only moderate.

Original Publication Citation

Brown, A., Dewey, D. & Cox, T. (2014). Assessing the Validity of Can-Do Statements in Retrospective (Then-Now) Self-Assessment. Foreign Language Annals, 47(2), 261-285.

Document Type

Peer-Reviewed Article

Publication Date

2014

Publisher

Foreign Language Annals

Language

English

College

Humanities

Department

Linguistics

University Standing at Time of Publication

Assistant Professor

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