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Title: THE MEASUREi'1ENTOF ENGLISH LANGU GE PROFICIENCY OF HIGH SCHOOL GR DUATES
Authors: Tesfaye, Gashaw
Advisors: Dr. Hailu Araya
Copyright: Jun-1982
Date Added: 23-Nov-2012
Abstract: The historical development of the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate Examination (ESLCE) - the transition from the General Certificate Education Examination (GCE) to the ESLCE and the creation of a new curriculum suitable for the Ethiopian context has been thoroughly discussed. Several attempts have been made to change the form of the ESLCE English examination from a subjective type to an objective one and to simplify the difficult items. Arguments for and against the subjective and the objective tests by various concerned people have been briefed in the review of literature. f3ut the various attempts have not changed the situation any better. As a policy, the purpose of the ESLCE has been stated that the examination, at present, serves as a high school completion as well as college entrance examination. No substantial inquiry has been made regarding the dual nature of the examination. Due to its dual purpose, the writer of this thesis has attempted to make a survey study of the effectiveness of the ESLC English examination as a proficiency test, and if necessary to propose an alternative approach. Discussions are opened on the theories and principles of tests. Out of 758 freshmen students enrolled for the 1981-2 second semester, 350 students have been selected for the study. Data have been collected for the 1980 ESLCE and the 1981 F~'eshmen English results by using a table of random sampling. Using the model of linear correlation coefficient attempts have been made to find out whether the 1980 ESLC English results and the 1981 Freshmen English results of the same students correlate or not. Findings show that the relation between the two examinations is very low. Those students who have obtained good grades in the ESLC English examination do not seem to show good English lan~uage performance at the University. Findings, therefore, prove that the ESLC English examination is ineffective in predicting the English language performance of twelve grade leavers when they join the University. Conclusions are arrived, based on the results, that the ESLC English examination is ineffective .as a proficiency test on the grounds that (a) it cannot serve as a criterion for admission to the University. (b) it cannot be a measure for predicting students' language performance at the University level. To avoid such ineffectivensss, the writer recommends as a possible alternative approach that the Ministry of Education and the University should set two separate examinations - the Ethiopian School Leaving Certificate. Examination (ESLCE) and College Entrance Examination (GCE) respectively, specifying the forms, contents and purposes of the two examinations. The writer makes it clear that the conclusion is not final and perfect and suggests that further research and evaluation on other variables (syllabus, materials, quality of teachers, methodology etc) are urgently needed before moves are taken.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/123456789/3921
Appears in:Thesis - Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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