NETPAW and English instruction: reaching out to Australia [Keynote speaker]

O'Neill, Shirley (2010) NETPAW and English instruction: reaching out to Australia [Keynote speaker]. In: ROCMELIA 2010: Colorful Multimedia Language Instruction and Testing, 17-18 Dec 2010, Kaohsiung, Taiwan.

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Abstract

This paper critically examines the National English Test of Proficiency for All on the Web’s (NETPAW) place in relation to the growing number of online tests of English proficiency in the context of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). As the convenience of working online with the use of multimedia becomes more the norm for both English instruction and assessment, learners have the potential to become more self-motivated and independent in their learning. This is increasingly supported through the availability of being able to connect to and interact in a virtual learning community of ESL speakers (e.g. Hastie, Chen & Todd, 2008; Lin, 2010). As the worldwide web facilitates NETPAW’s growth to meet assessment needs beyond Taiwan, this paper discusses its applicability to the Australian context. It provides an overview of the purposes for testing English as a second language (ESL) in Australia, the current trends in the use of tests of ESL and the way NETPAW relates. As the modes of scoring of competing tests claim their comparability, NETPAW’s test results may also be linked because its levels of proficiency are firmly benchmarked to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, Teaching and Assessment. In the early stage of a trial of NETPAW with native speakers of Arabic in a university preparation program in Australia, this report discusses the issue of test authenticity and the value of NETPAW’s feedback to students and teachers compared with that of similar tests.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: No indication of copyright restrictions. The author is continuing research into the application of the test under scrutiny and welcomes comments and queries in relation to the use of multimedia in English language pedagogy and assessment with regard to this test and in general.
Depositing User: Assoc Prof Shirley O'Neill
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2011 13:06
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2013 00:09
Uncontrolled Keywords: language testing; washback; test authenticity; online language learning
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130207 LOTE, ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori)
13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130204 English and Literacy Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. LOTE, ESL and TESOL)
20 Language, Communication and Culture > 2004 Linguistics > 200401 Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/9260

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