Assessment of Grammatical Competence Based on Authentic Texts

Yonca Ozkan


This study illustrates how alternative assessment could be made observing both recognition and production skills of the participants who were English language students at the ELT department, University of Cukurova. In an English Contextual Grammar course, news articles were used as lesson material during the first term of the 2009-2010 academic year, and a midterm and a progress test were administered following a rather unconventional set of procedures. The study displays such procedures aiming to show how an effective and truly learner-centered approach to assessment of grammatical competence can be embraced yielding an alternative type to the conventional assessment methods in the field of English language teaching (ELT) through the use of target language news articles; it also reflects students’ perceptions about the alternative method presented in this study.

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