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discrete-point vs integrative testing


Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214823.1999.x


Following Lado (1961) , discrete-point testing assumes that language knowledge can be divided into a number of independent facts: elements of grammar, vocabulary, spelling and punctuation, pronunciation, intonation and stress. These can be tested by pure items (usually multiple-choice recognition tasks). Integrative testing argues that any realistic language use requires the coordination of many kinds of knowledge in one linguistic event, and so uses items which combine those kinds of knowledge, like comprehension tasks, dictation, speaking and listening. Discrete-point testing risks ignoring the systematic relationship between language elements; integrative testing risks ignoring accuracy of linguistic detail. (See also language testing .) ( 1989 ). Testing for Language Teachers . Cambridge : Cambridge University Press , 16 – 17 . ( 1961 ). Language Testing . Harlow : Longman . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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