トーマス ゲッツ   Thomas H. GOETZ
  トーマス ゲッツ
   所属   北星学園大学  社会福祉学部 共通科目・言語教育・教職部門
   職種   教授
言語種別 英語
発行・発表の年月 2020/05
形態種別 査読のない論文
標題 Setting Up Classes for the Magic to Happen
執筆形態 単著
掲載誌名 北星学園大学文学部北星論集
掲載区分国内
出版社・発行元 北星学園大学
巻・号・頁 58(1),pp.19-28
総ページ数 10
概要 The Foreign Languages Division of Hokusei Gakuen University administered a placement test for all first-year students who wished to continue learning English in their second year. Cengage Learning designed this placement test as a component of the MyELT series. A 51-item assessment was taken by roughly 470 students, evincing a mean of 50% with a more or less normal bell curve. Appropriate language acquisition and advancement occur when students are placed in classes apposite to their current proficiency levels. Clusters of identical scores designate subgroups of students and make drawing distinctions into a subjective or capricious task. The problem of score clustering was sought to be avoided during the sorting of students to level appropriate classes across three faculties. To this end, the weight assigned to questions was reviewed and the uniform, default weight of 1.00 attributed to each question was amended. Questions were assigned differential weightage within an established range to ensure easier ranking decisions. Consequently, score clustering was reduced and became a quick and effortless exercise because enough variation was attained in the test outcomes to simplify the sorting of students. This paper will share the methodology that was undertaken, which yielded favorable and time-saving results that benefited students, teachers, and administrators.