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Title: 
Testing students’ bilingual ability in a bilingual manner
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Tests
Bilingual ability
Bilingual testing
English
Chinese
Issue Date: 
2011
Citation: 
Soh, K. C. (2011). Testing students’ bilingual ability in a bilingual manner. Journal of Linguistics and Language Teaching, 2(2), 253-266.
Abstract: 
Bilingual ability of students has traditionally been tested by using separate monolingual tests. Such tests more often than not differ in both substantive and linguistic content and task format, thus testing something different from one another. This mode of assessing bilingual ability introduces more error variance due to the extraneous factors and thus under-estimates the students’ ability to function with two languages. Bilingual tests can be constructed simply by bringing two languages into one testing task using one language for the questions and the other for the answers (options in the case of multiple-choice items). The results of testing a group of Grade 3-5 students in Singapore support this contention. Implications for curriculum and instruction for developing bilingual ability are discussed.
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