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研究生(外文):Hueichuan Chen
論文名稱(外文):A Study of English Proficiency Testing for Ability Grouping
指導教授(外文):Shiping WangMaosung Lin
外文關鍵詞:language testingability grouping
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The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of SIEP (Summer Intensive English Program) and the correlation between CSEPT (College Student English Proficiency Test) and the E-Touch English proficiency test (EPT) for students at the University of Science and Technology. This study also compares the achievement in performance among basic, intermediate, and advanced groups. The SIEP questionnaires were presented as well, especially, the quality of instruction, curriculum, placement, management, overall impression of textbook and participants’ self-assessment.
The participants were 105 students at a university of Science and Technology. Participants were grouped based on the results of the pretest. According to EPT scores, from low to high, the participants were divided into basic, intermediate, and advanced groups. For each group, after six weeks SIEP training, participants took the posttest and also completed questionnaires after SIEP training. Descriptive statistics, One-way ANOVA, Person correlation and independent sample t test were used to analyze the collected data.
The results show that there had a significantly positive correlation between CSEPT and EPT score. According to their mean score, all the participants improved in listening and reading test after SIEP training. With the analysis of one-way ANOVA, the results show that basic group had a significantly positive correlation in listening and reading test.
The results of questionnaire show that there is no significantly positive correlation between participants’ English proficiency and their gender, learning background, the starting age of learning English and major. Nearly 85% of the participants agree that SIEP does help them in learning English efficiently; around 80% of the participants thought they were placed in right class and SIEP course training can arouse their learning interests; 63% of the participants consider that listening and speaking activity are the best way in helping to learn English, which is why 88% of the participants suggested that SIEP should emphasize speaking and listening lessons; however, only 10% of the participants support the grammar activity.

Abstract (Chinese)…………………………………………………i
Abstract (English)…………………………………………………ii
Table of Contents……………………………………………………iv
List of Tables………………………………………………………vii
List of Figures………………………………………………………xi
List of Appendices……………………………………………………x
1.1 Background and Motivation 1
1.2 Purposes of the Study 5
1.3 Research Questions 5
1.4 Research Hypotheses 6
1.5 Significance of the Study 6
1.6 Definition of Terms 7
2.1 Language Tests 9
2.2 Test Design 21
2.3 Test Analysis 27
2.4 Ability Grouping 37

3.1 The Pilot Study 44
3.1.1 Participants 44
3.1.2 Instruments 45
3.1.3 Procedure 45
3.1.4 Results 46
3.1.5 Limitations 46
3.2 The Present Study 46
3.2.1 Research Hypotheses 46
3.2.2 Study Design 48
3.2.3 Participants 48
3.2.4 Procedure 51
3.2.5 Test Design 51
3.2.6 Instruments 52 CSEPT 53 E-Touch Online English Learning & Test System 55 SIEP 57
3.2.7 Questionnaire 59
3.2.8 Data Collection Procedures 60
3.2.9 Data Analysis 61

4.1 The Pilot Study 62
4.1.1 Correlations of Participants’ Performance between CSEPT and EPT 62
4.2 The Present Study 65
4.3 The Effects of Ability Grouping Teaching of SIEP 67
4.4 Results of the Questionnaire 73
4.4.1 The Correlations between EPT and Learning Background Information 73
4.4.2 Quality of Instruction 79
4.4.3 Curriculum, Placement, and Management 81
4.4.4 Overall Impressions of Textbooks 86
4.4.5 Student Self Assessment 88
5.1 Summary of the Findings 92
5.2 Pedagogical Implications 93
5.3 Conclusions 95
5.4 Limitations of the Study 96
5.5 Suggestions for Further Research 96

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