Over 400 Tunghai Students Took GEPT For Teaching Excellence Project Research
On Saturday, February 18, 2006, more than 400 Tunghai University students took the Intermediate General English Proficiency Test (GEPT), in a research study for a Teaching Excellence project.
The project, the Online English Assessment System (OEAS), aims to develop an online language test that will help students have a better understanding of their linguistic strengths and weaknesses, and help teachers prepare content that better matches their students’ language abilities. “Students need to be responsible for their own language learning if they want to improve, but they also need assistance to reach their goals. This is the purpose of the OEAS,” said Dr. Muchun Yin, director of the project.
In the study, the students’ scores on the GEPT will be compared with their Tunghai English Placement Examination (TEPE) scores to see how the two tests are similar or different in their measurement of grammar, listening, and reading ability. This is important information because the OEAS will likely draw many of its test items from the TEPE item banks, which have been created over several years by teachers in the Foreign Languages and Literature Department.
According to Dr. Muchun Yin, director of the OEAS project, part of making a good test is judging its overall quality in order to make improvements, and this depends on gathering a lot of evidence. The GEPT-TEPE comparison will contribute to that evidence.
The students taking the test are all volunteers who registered with the project in December. The majorities are freshmen, but there are also sophomores, juniors, and seniors who are registered.
In an earlier comparison, over 450 THU students took the high intermediate in October 2005. Results of this comparison will be available at the website in coming weeks.
The GEPT is administered in conjunction with the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC), and each student chose one of several LTTC testing locations around the island that was convenient for them.
The Ministry of Education is funding a number of Teaching Excellence projects across Taiwan. Tunghai University has been awarded 10 projects for 2005, and the OEAS is a component of one of those projects.