The field of study for this research project is the assessment of writing proficiency of ESL students. I am particularly interested in the positive and negative implications of using writing as a form of evaluation for language proficiency. As a future English teacher and possible ESL teacher, I am interested in knowing how to best assess language proficiency through writing. I am also interested in whether written proficiency can best be assessed through pencil and paper tests, computerized test, or a student’s written work. Other teachers of ESL concerned with evaluating language proficiency through writing would also be interested in this research, as would researchers interested in the accuracy of different language proficiency tests. Initially, I gathered research on anything having to do with ESL students and their compositions, but this proved too broad. I narrowed the research gathered to scholarly articles and books on various types of language proficiency assessments and effective classroom evaluations; essentially, those articles and books that dealt with how to test and evaluate writing of ESL students. The majority of the research gathered is from the past decade, although some earlier sources are included that offer insight into traditional evaluation methods of the past as a means of comparison.
Alderson, J. Charles. “Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency.” Writing.
Hamp-Lyons, Liz. "Rating Nonnative Writing: the Trouble with Holistic Scoring." TESOL Quarterly 29.4 (1995): 759-762. 2 Apr. 2008
Harris, David P. “Testing English as a Second Language.” Testing Writing.
McNamara, Tim. “Second Language Performance Assessment.” Measuring Second Language Performance. Ed. C.N. Candlin.
Perkins, Kyle. "On the Use of Composition Scoring Techniques, Objective Measures, and Objective Tests to Evaluate ESL Writing Ability." TESOL Quarterly 17 (1983): 651-671. 2 Apr. 2008
Rollins Hurley, Sandra, and Villamil Tinajero, Josefina. “Literacy Assessment of Second Language Learners.” An Integrated Approach to the Teaching and Assessment of Language Arts. Ed. Paul Smith.