Assessing foreign languages for specific purposes in Slovenian higher education

  • Polona Svetlin Gvardjančič University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economy
Keywords: foreign language for specific purposes, tertiary education, assessment practice, alternative forms of assessment, LSP teacher

Abstract

In recent decades, interest in assessment has increased in relation to both tertiary education and languages for specific purposes (LSP). The theoretical part of this paper elucidates the reasons for this shift and draws attention to key topics of interest to researchers in this field. A study was conducted to determine current practice in LSP assessment at Slovenian higher-education institutions. Its findings confirm the central role of LSP teachers in all the tasks relating to grading students’ proficiency: selecting the assessments methods, preparing tests, and assigning grades. Assessment practice indicates that teachers carefully include topics relevant to the individual discipline for the languages they teach and, as far as actual assessment is concerned, they follow current trends in education, which is reflected in the use of various forms of assessment. Even though they feel it is appropriate that they can make decisions on assessment themselves, they would prefer more cooperation and experience sharing with their colleagues.

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Published
2018-12-28
How to Cite
Svetlin Gvardjančič, P. (2018). Assessing foreign languages for specific purposes in Slovenian higher education. Journal for Foreign Languages, 10(1), 255-272. https://doi.org/10.4312/vestnik.10.255-272
Section
Jeziki stroke