ТЕСТУВАННЯ ЯК ОДИН ІЗ ВИДІВ МОНІТОРИНГУ ПРИ ВИВЧЕННІ ІНОЗЕМНОЇ МОВИ (НА ПРИКЛАДІ СПЕЦІАЛЬНОСТІ «ТУРИЗМ»): ПЕРЕВАГИ Й НЕДОЛІКИ
Testing as a kind of monitoring during foreign language learning (major «tourism» is an example): pros & cons
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The article examines the role of testing during foreign language learning at higher educational establishments. The aim of the article is to analyse advantages and disadvantages while applying the current control of knowledge of the students of non-linguistic specialties (as an example, major «tourism» is proposed). It is confirmed that testing is one of the most unified forms of students’ knowledge and skills monitoring. The future experts of the Hospitality Industry will often face the practice of filling out different forms, public opinion polls, marketing researches etc. in their future professional activity. These activities are closely related to the direct control test: the choice of several proposed answers; brief statements of thoughts and ideas; verification of the given data etc. Examples of tests that are useful when testing the knowledge of future professionals of the tourism industry are proposed. The introduction of remote electronic verification of students’ knowledge, namely using iSpring QuizMaker, is advisable. It is a convenient, simple and functional application to create interactive electronic tests, surveys and monitoring of student knowledge using audio and video etc. Since this specialty demands constant communication and listening comprehension, current testing cannot be limited with «mute» paper or computer tests. One of the most effective controls is listening comprehension (especially telephone talks as well as using situations with a significant noise effect). Clear and detailed tasks to check understanding of the listened text will help both to evaluate the situation adequately, and to make the students be greatly interested in the task. As response options it is advisable to offer not only bookish, but also conversational matching. Special attention in current tests for those students who have chosen tourism industry as their future occupation should be paid to the major lexicology and numerals (recording large and small numbers aurally, phone numbers, time (hours, minutes) etc.). The tests types that are helpful when checking the quality of the future experts’ knowledge in tourism industry are offered. It is focused on the fact that the application of such testing is effective only for the written and audio control, and is not acceptable to test the skills of oral expression and the potential development of the individual.
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