Exploration of Criterion-Referenced Foreign Language Assessment

[Author(s)]:Liu Jianda 

  Author: Liu Jianda

  Institution: Guangdong University of Foreign Studies 

  Source: Foreign Language Teaching and Research, 2015, Issue 3 

  Abstract: This article first defines criterion-referenced foreign language assessment. It proceeds with a review of its current status and existing problems. Advice is given at the end on how to tackle these problems. The suggestions include: developing China’s Standards of English to better suit the needs of the nation; creating quality standards for foreign language testing to assure test quality and appropriateness; reforming and refining the current foreign language testing system; and driving forward research on formative assessment to improve student-centered learning and foster learner autonomy.

  Key Words: criterion-referenced, foreign language assessment, China’s Standards of English; foreign language assessment system