Graded Reading Vocabulary-Size Tests for Placement in Extensive Reading

Wan-a-rom, Udorn
April 2010
Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal;Apr2010, Vol. 10 Issue 1, p15
Academic Journal
Matching learners with the right level of graded readers is necessary when graded readers are exploited as both simplified reading materials in extensive reading programs and major instruments in the experiments. A lack of controlling ability level can prevent learners from succeeding in developing reading in an extensive reading program. It would also cause unreliable results in research in extensive reading. To direct learners to the appropriate level of graded reading material, practical acceptable measures for this purpose are required. This article sets out to describe the construction of the two measures for placement in extensive reading. There were two stages. Stage I detailed how the two tests were constructed and piloted. The second stage included final trials of the two measures and the results. Statistical evidence showed that the two tests, namely the vocabulary-size test and the graded reading-based cloze test, could be workable and useful measures for placement in extensive reading. Data indicated that the two tests could accurately place learners in the right level of graded readers at reasonable degree. Implications of the two measures were drawn for practice in extensive reading programs.


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