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LINGUIST List 18.1908

Mon Jun 25 2007

Qs: K-12 Ling Outreach Programs; Rendering Paper-and-Pencil Tests

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        1.    Paula Chesley, K-12 Linguistic Outreach Programs
        2.    Ebrahim Khodadady, Rendering Paper-and-Pencil Test Electronic

Message 1: K-12 Linguistic Outreach Programs
Date: 25-Jun-2007
From: Paula Chesley <ches0045umn.edu>
Subject: K-12 Linguistic Outreach Programs

Hi everyone,

I'm a graduate student in linguistics, and I'm interested in participating in an
program where university students go to K-12 schools, preferably a high school,
or twice a month and help kids learn about linguistics, or linguistically
relevant topics.
The outreach coordinator at my university has asked me to find out whether other
linguistics programs have established outreach programs, and if so what the
do (I think it might be challenging for her to find something for me to do --
I've suggested many possibilities, linguistics per se is not a subject taught in
education, at least not usually the U.S.A.).

If your department has such a program or if you know about any such programs, could
you let me know about what the programs do, and what the role of graduate students
is within the program? Or if you know someone I could contact to find out more
outreach programs, could you put me in touch with him or her? If you don't know of
any programs, but have any other thoughts on the matter, please feel free to

Paula Chesley

Linguistic Field(s): General Linguistics
Message 2: Rendering Paper-and-Pencil Test Electronic
Date: 20-Jun-2007
From: Ebrahim Khodadady <ekhodadageorgebrown.ca>
Subject: Rendering Paper-and-Pencil Test Electronic

Dear all,

I am the associate director of Assessment Services at George Brown College
in Toronto, Canada. Since we have developed some in-house multiple choice
item tests for our local needs, we need to change these paper-and-pencil
tests into an electronic version which

1. specifies the frequency with which each alternative of an item has been
chosen, i.e., A, B, C, D and E.
2. estimates item difficulty index
3. estimates item discrimination, possibly through several procedures
4. estimates reliability coefficients
5. exports raw data and/or specified results to destinations requested.

I would appreciate if you would introduce an electronic software which has
the functions mentioned above. I thank you in advance and look forward to
receiving your suggestions.

Best Wishes,
Ebrahim Khodadady (PhD)
George Brown College,
160 Kendal Ave., Rm C343
Toronto ON, M5R 1M3
Tel: 416-415-5000 ext. 2195
Fax: 416 415 4758
Email: ekhodadageorgebrown.ca

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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