Successful National English Proficiency Testing Systems in Mainland China and Taiwan

Successful National English Proficiency Testing Systems in Mainland China and Taiwan

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Successful National English Proficiency Testing Systems in Mainland China and Taiwan

While national college English proficiency tests are being carried out in virtually all universities in Mainland China and some universities in Taiwan, test designers and college English teachers are rising to the challenge of the enhanced responsibilities in terms of the backwash effects of the standardized English proficiency tests, and the accountability of such a testing system. This paper presents a comparative study of the nationwide standardized English language tests at universities in China and Taiwan by introducing how college English education is assessed in Mainland China and Taiwan respectively. To what extent that a large-scale test is designed to measure the intended test contents effectively and satisfactorily can be considered the primary concern for language test designers. In this sense, Chinese universities across the Taiwan Strait have developed different approaches to successful evaluation of their college students’, English language proficiency. These approaches, varied as they are in focus and emphasis, are generally linked with educational policy-making and needs of test users at different levels.This paper analyzes current practices of college ELT evaluation, and offers valuable suggestions. It is believed that a unified English language testing system should be well designed, and such a standardized testing system would bring about much beneficial backwash effects on the ELT programmes at most Chinese universities. The significance of this paper is to raise the issue that most Chinese universities, and those in Taiwan, need without delay a unified English language testing system for quality college ELT results.

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