LINGUIST List 24.1806

Wed Apr 24 2013

Qs: Question about Assessment Tests for Linguistic Proficiency

Editor for this issue: Brent Miller <>

Date: 24-Apr-2013
From: Bethany Dumas <>
Subject: Question about Assessment Tests for Linguistic Proficiency
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Our Linguistics degree program at The University of Tennessee is an interdepartmental program. Several required courses are cross-listed with originating departments, though some originate with Linguistics. For instance, all majors are required to take English/Linguistics 372, Structure of Modern English, a course that originates with English.

It has recently come to my attention that instructors of such courses are not always meeting expectations of our linguistics students; in particular, there have been complaints about instructors “dumbing-down” course content or teaching from a highly prescriptive point of view. I am currently drafting a linguistics assessment test that would be appropriate for instructors to administer on the first class day in order to see what students know about linguistics and what their course expectations are. It occurs to me that such tests exist, and I am interested in obtaining access to any that you might know about/have drafted or used yourself.

Linguistic Field(s): Discipline of Linguistics

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