Assessment of the Shadowing Skill in the Classroom

by Ken Tamai

Shadowing is defined as the act or task of listening in which the learner tracks the heard speech and repeats it as exactly as possible. The purpose of this paper is two-fold.  The first is to discuss what it means to assess the shadowing skill and the difference in comparison with widely acknowledged  listening tests such as TOEFL/TOEIC.  The second is to propose two methods for assessing shadowing skills, and to examine their reliability, validity and practicality as measurement tools.  The syllable method counts the number of the properly-uttered syllables, and the check points method counts the number of properly-uttered words which are listed beforehand.  The results suggest the high level of reliability of the syllable method and the usefulness of the check-point method with its adequate level of reliability and convenience.  They also indicates possible problems that need to be clarified in the future.

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