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Listening Comprehension in Foreign Language Instruction
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This document addresses a range of theoretical and practical issues concerned with the teaching of listening comprehension. It provides an overview of the processes involved in listening comprehension and reviews its most prominent models. In addition, this document presents an alternative model of L2 listening comprehension and examines three major approaches to listening comprehension. Finally, it discusses how teachers can make sound pedagogical choices on how to teach and assess students' listening comprehension skills. (CALPER Professional Development Document 0810)

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Assessment of Advanced Language Proficiency: Why Performance-based Tasks?
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In this document, the authors 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. CALPER Professional Development Document 0605)

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The Language Assessment Process: A 'Multiplism' Perspective
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The authors describe the 'language assessment process' and emphasize its 'multiple' components and phases and the decisions a teacher has to make at each phase. They then discuss the multiple purposes of assessment, possible language assessment tools, multiple assessment methods and ways of administering assessment, multiple ways of designing items and tasks, multiple criteria for determining the quality of assessment procedures, and multiple ways of interpreting and reporting results. (CALPER Professional Development Document 0603)

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