English as a Second Language Assessment (ESLOA)

English as a Second Language Assessment (ESLOA)

Narrative Summary: 

ESLOA was developed to assess English language skills of adult learners who are speakers of other languages. The ESLOA is divided into four progressively communicative levels that are indicative of the adult learner’s auditory comprehension and oral proficiency in English at the time of test. The information derived from the ESLOA serves as a guide to help the tutor meet the needs of the adult learner as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Intended Population: 

ESLOA is intended for adult learners who are non-native English speakers.

Purpose: 

ESLOA assists tutors in determining the approximate level of English language skills of their students. Tutors can use the results of the test to create a learner-centered curriculum and measure subsequent student progress.

Skills Measured-Test Content: 

ESLOA is divided into four progressively communicative levels that are indicative of the adult learner’s auditory comprehension and oral proficiency in English at the time of the test:

  • Level 1 tests auditory comprehension and the ability to identify vocabulary items.
  • Level 2 involves basic survival English.
  • Level 3 tests the use of present and progressive tenses and negation.
  • Level 4 requires the examinee to form sentences in the past, future, and conditional tenses.
Range of Skill Levels: 

Beginner through advanced

Number of Items per Test: 
  • Level 1: 10 items
  • Level 2: 10 items
  • Level 3: 5 items
  • Level 4: 1 item (oral interview)
Types of Items: 

Oral responses

Development of Items: 

The test’s items are based on communicative tasks, selected according to student needs, and reflect the communicative approach to language teaching. The items were field tested at 10 sites nationally, and the statistical analysis was conducted at Stetson University. The items were developed to provide a basis for lesson plans.

Size of Item Bank: 

Fifty-two letters, 342 words, and 20 passages

Subtests: 

Four levels

Alternate Test Forms: 

None

Required / Recommended Administrator Training: 

None

Test Administration Procedures: 

Tests are independently administered. Test administrators are instructed to read the entire booklet before giving the test and eliciting oral responses.

Scoring - How: 

Using a score sheet, administrators should record a student’s responses by placing a mark in the appropriate item box. Scores are then located on a bar graph, which is provided, so administrators can convert the numerical score into a holistically described level: two beginner levels, one intermediate level, and one advanced level. A percentage sheet is provided to assist in scoring.

Scoring - Type: 
  • Level 1: Low beginning
  • Level 2: High beginning
  • Level 3: Low intermediate to high intermediate
  • Level 4: Low advanced to high advanced
Scoring - Who: 

The test administrator scores the test. Scores resulting in level 4 may be audiotaped and evaluated by two independent scorers.

Scoring - How Long: 

Scoring occurs while the test is being administered.

Reporting Procedures: 

Performance scores are located on a bar graph to provide a holistically described level: two beginner levels, one intermediate level, and one advanced level.

Time Needed for Assessment: 

Ten to 20 minutes

Publisher / Company / Source: 

New Readers Press Publishing
Division of ProLiteracy Worldwide
P.O. Box 35888
Syracuse, NY 13210
Telephone: 1–800–448–8878
Toll-free fax: 1–866–894–2100
E-mail: nrp@proliteracy.org

Versions & Publication Dates: 

Third edition, 1995 Revised edition, 1980 Original edition, 1978

Cost: 
  • Trainer’s Guide: $8.50
  • Trainer’s Audiocassette: $10
  • ESLOA and Answer Sheet: $15
  • Additional Answer Sheets: $5 (for 50)
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