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Development of English Oral Proficiency Test through SOPI
Honam University, Korea
This study aims to develop a performance-based English oral proficiency
test for Korean University students. This test adopts an audiotape mediated
testing technique called SOPI(Simulated Oral Proficiency Interview) developed
by Stansfield (1996). First, some exit criteria of three different proficiency
levels(beginning, intermediate, advanced) for Korean University students
are explored. Second, 30 speaking tasks ranging from beginning to advanced
levels are designed based on the exit criteria to elicit students' performance.
They progress from relatively simple asking or answering question
tasks about autobiographical information, to a little complicated picture
description or narration tasks, and to very sophisticated role play
tasks which require the abilities to support opinions, persuade others,
discuss in hypothetical situations. Next, the 6-point rating scales are
developed and applied to give scores to the recorded answers of 60
Honam University students who took the SOPI test. Finally, the test results
are analyzed on validity, reliability, and practicality.
Jung Haeng was born and grew up in Kwangju, Korea. She majored
in English Education in Chonnam University and got an M.A and a Ph.D degree
in English Linguistics in Chonnam University. She also got an M.A
degree in TESOL in Southeast Missouri State University, America in 1994.
She worked as a program coordinator in the Language Education Center of
Chonnam University from 1994 to 1997, and is now working as a full-time
instructor at Dept. of English of Honam University.