Assessment of Advanced Language Proficiency: Why Performance-based Tasks?

Assessment of Advanced Language Proficiency
Author(s): 
Elana Shohany and Ofra Inbar (CALPER)
Publication Type: 
PDF
Year: 
2006
Size: 
8 Pages

CALPER Professional Development Document CPDD 0605
In this document, Shohamy and Inbar argue for the use of performance-based tasks in the assessment of advanced language proficiency. In this effort, they start by exploring the 'content/language continuum in language teaching programs' (p. 1) and by discussing performance tasks. They also address issues regarding the designing and scoring of performance-based tasks, including rubrics. The document ends with examples of integrated content and language performance tasks, as well as guidelines for designing a performance task and a sample task.