Degree Type

Thesis

Date of Award

1994

Degree Name

Master of Arts

Department

English

Abstract

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.

DOI

https://doi.org/10.31274/rtd-180813-5667

Publisher

Digital Repository @ Iowa State University, http://lib.dr.iastate.edu

Copyright Owner

Olga Grigorievna Simonova

Language

en

Date Available

September 17, 2013

File Format

application/pdf

File Size

250 pages

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