Date of Award
Master of Arts
The research question of this thesis was suggested by Prof Lyle Bachman at the AAAL Annual Meeting in Atlanta, during the discussion of conference paper "Testing Spoken English Ability in an Agribusiness Context" presented by Dan Douglas and the present author. This paper described the developed test of ability to speak English about agriculture -- AGSPEAK, and self-evaluation instruments, theoretical background, analysis of results and considerations for the future development. The analysis of the AGSPEAK and self-assessment results suggested that there is a strong relationship between overall test performance and perceptions of ability to comprehend agriculture lectures and discuss agricultural issues. There is also evidence that learner perceptions of discourse ability is positively related to AGSPEAK comprehensibility, which suggests that AGSPEAK goes beyond measuring just linguistic competence. During the discussion of AGSPEAK and the future study of its validity Prof Bachman suggested a study of the role of field-specific knowledge and language proficiency in determining the AGSPEAK scores.
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Olga Grigorievna Simonova
September 17, 2013
Simonova, Olga G., "The relationship between field-specific knowledge and language proficiency in speaking test scores" (1994). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 196.