Language Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice by Brian K. LynchLanguage Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice by Brian K. Lynch

Language Program Evaluation: Theory and Practice

byBrian K. LynchEditorMichael H. Long

Paperback | November 24, 1995

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Although much has been written about the testing and evaluation of language students, few books have dealt with the much broader issue of measuring the success of language programs. Filling a critical gap in the literature of applied linguistics, Language Program Evaluation provides teachers, researchers, and administrators with a complete introduction to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of their programs. Through a careful blend of theory, research, and practice, the author presents a testing model that is specifically tailored to the concerns of language education programs and which can be adapted to different contexts and updated as teaching and learning situations evolve. He proposes a shift from purely quantitative studies which consider only end-of-program achievement gains to ones that include an investigation of program process using qualitative, naturalistic methods.
Title:Language Program Evaluation: Theory and PracticeFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:212 pages, 9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inShipping dimensions:9.02 × 5.98 × 0.47 inPublished:November 24, 1995Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521484383

ISBN - 13:9780521484381

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Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Historical background; 3. Validity; 4. Positivistic designs; 5. Naturalistic designs; 6. Quantitative data gathering and analysis; 7. Qualitative data gathering; 8. Combining positivistic and naturalistic program evaluation; 9. Conclusions

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Although much has been written about the testing and evaluation of language students, few books have dealt with the broader issue of measuring the success of language programs. Filling a critical gap in the literature of applied linguistics, Language Program Evaluation provides teachers, researchers, and administrators with a complete introduction to both qualitative and quantitative approaches to evaluating the effectiveness of their programs.

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"This book is lucidly written and well organized, with incisive introductions and conclusions at the beginning and end of each chapter, as well as plenty of evaluation examples to support the theoretical positins presented. It is an important contribution for novice researchers in different fields of applied linguistics." Pauline Rea-Dickins, Studies in Second Language Acquisitions