Combining Traditional and Alternative Assessment: On Getting a Clear Picture of Students’ Language Competence

Rokhyati, Umi (2013) Combining Traditional and Alternative Assessment: On Getting a Clear Picture of Students’ Language Competence. In: 1st International Conference on Language, Literature, and Cultural Studies, 22-24 Agustus 2013, Pattaya, Thailand. (Unpublished)

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Assessment is an activity that cannot be separated from teaching and learning process. To know the success or failure of the teaching and learning process, an assessment needs to be done. The result of an assessment can give beneficial information for students, teachers, schools, parents, and other related parties when it is done correctly.
There are different types of assessments that can be applied in the language classes. Each has its own weaknesses and strengths. Commonly, the assessment can be grouped into two: standardized vs authentic, or traditional vs alternative, or formal vs informal assessment. Standardized, traditional, or formal assessment is the type of assessment that is considered as old paradigm. It usually refers to pencil and paper test. On the other hand, alternative, authentic, and informal assessment is the type considered as a new paradigm. It refers to assessment that requires students to create, produce, or do something. Which type should be used in assessing the students’ language competence?
This paper will discuss the importance of both old paradigm (Traditional) and new paradigm (Alternative) to be used in assessing students’ language competences. Traditional assessment is practical, objective, and can cover large scope. However, it cannot portray the whole pictures of the students. Meanwhile, the alternative assessment shows the real language competence of the students, although it is quite often not practical. Therefore, to get a clear picture of the students’ language competences the two types of assessment must be combined in its implementation.
Key words: traditional assessment, alternative assessment, combining

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects: L Education > LC Special aspects of education
Divisi / Prodi: Faculty of Teacher Training and Education (Fakultas Keguruan dan Ilmu Pendidikan) > S1-English Education (S1-Pendidikan Bahasa Inggris)
Depositing User: Dra, M.Hum Umi Rokhyati Soekinoen
Date Deposited: 19 Jan 2016 01:31
Last Modified: 19 Jan 2016 01:31

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