Title

Communicative competence in oral language assessment

Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Multilingual Matters

Faculty

Regional Professional Studies

School

Regional Professional Studies

RAS ID

3143

Comments

This article was originally published as: Oliver, R., Haig, Y., & Rochecouste, J. (2005). Communicative competence in oral language assessment. Language and education, 19(3), 212-222. Original available here

Abstract

This paper reports on a review of the teaching and assessment of oral language in Western Australian secondary schools. Results show that teachers have considerable difficulty in incorporating oral language tasks into their pedagogy because of a curriculum biased towards developing writing skills. Teachers also revealed that they do not have the skills to assess oral language even though they acknowledge the importance of their students’ communicative competence both within the school environment and outside it. Students involved in the study were also aware of many weaknesses in their communicative competence and that these were not being addressed in the classroom.

DOI

10.1080/09500780508668675

 

Link to publisher version (DOI)

10.1080/09500780508668675