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Title: Conflicting perspectives on the role of test preparation in relation to learning
Authors: Lumley, T
Stoneman, B
Issue Date: 2000
Publisher: University of Hong Kong, English Centre
Source: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics, 2000, v. 5, no. 1, p. 50-80 How to cite?
Journal: Hong Kong journal of applied linguistics 
Abstract: This paper reports on the development of a Learning Package for a newly introduced test in Hong Kong, the Graduating Students’ Language Proficiency Assessment (GSLPA)-English. This Learning Package which was designed for self-access use or for classroom teaching, aims to go beyond merely providing practice materials in the form of samples of test tasks. Instead it is intended to encourage students to take some level of responsibility for their learning, and view the test not merely as a barrier to be passed but as an opportunity to improve their proficiency in English. This paper examines reactions of students and teachers to the Learning Package during the piloting of the materials. Preliminary feedback suggests that while teachers are both supportive of the package and consider that the materials developed have excellent potential for use as teaching materials, students have a more complex set of reactions. These seem to be related partly to their level of English proficiency (cf. Lewkowicz, 2000), but have clear messages about their expectations of test preparation materials, as well as their attitudes to learning.
ISSN: 1028-4435
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