BOHÁČEK, Milan and Jiřina HRBÁČKOVÁ. Assessing speaking at C1 level business English at Masaryk University Brno. In Jan Comorek. Testing language competence of tertiary students in LSP courses : collective monograph. Hradec Králové: Department of Languages, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Charles University in Prague, 2014. p. 16-24. ISBN 978-80-260-6520-3.
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Original name Assessing speaking at C1 level business English at Masaryk University Brno
Authors BOHÁČEK, Milan and Jiřina HRBÁČKOVÁ.
Edition Hradec Králové, Testing language competence of tertiary students in LSP courses : collective monograph, p. 16-24, 9 pp. 2014.
Publisher Department of Languages, Faculty of Medicine in Hradec Králové, Charles University in Prague
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Original language English
Type of outcome Proceedings paper
Field of Study 50300 5.3 Education
Country of publisher Czech Republic
Confidentiality degree is not subject to a state or trade secret
Publication form printed version "print"
Organization unit Language Centre
ISBN 978-80-260-6520-3
Keywords in English methodology; testing; oral test; assessment; reliability; validity; paired format; analytical rating scales
Changed by Changed by: PaedDr. Marta Holasová, Ph.D., učo 38218. Changed: 24. 3. 2015 13:14.
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This paper deals with the standardisation process in specifying a new format of the Business English spoken test at the Faculty of Economics and Administration of Masaryk University, which was previously based on the assessment of integrated skills of reading and speaking. With a growing awareness of the CEFR levels, a need to enhance fairness, reliability and validity of testing arose and was embraced by the English language department team initiating a series of discussions resulting in an overhaul of the oral test format. The major change lies in a radical reduction of instruction input, a switch from a teacher-student interview to a peer-to-peer discussion pattern, thereby splitting the role of an interlocutor and rater and the use of analytical rating scales. A year from the implementation of this system, another round of discussions was held aiming to adjust the new format in order to enhance a more autonomous and higher-standard of language production. Recordings of real live tests have been collected for benchmarking purposes and to evaluate the result of the whole process. All signs indicate that the change was for the better with the new format being more capable of eliciting desired language and teachers’ ratings more reliably and consistently.
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CZ.1.07/2.2.00/28.0233, interní kód MUName: Inovace, metodika a kvalita jazykového vzdělávání a odborného vzdělávání v cizích jazycích v terciární sféře v ČR (Acronym: IMPACT)
Investor: Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the CR, 2.2 Higher education
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