Re: [evonline2002_webheads] C-tests
- I haven't tried Janos's suggestion, but if it works, it sounds like a great solution for you.
Mine is here:
Stevens, Vance, and Steve Millmore. 1990-96. SuperCloze, HangMan-in-Context, HangWord Shareware available from the authors and on the Computer-Enhanced ESL/EFL Language Instruction Archive The TESOL/CELIA '96 CD-ROM, http://www.tesol.org/pubs/catalog/tech.html#99CALL; the software can be downloaded from here: ftp://archive.latrobe.edu.au/pub/CELIA/english/dos/cloze/stevens.zip
It's a DOS based cloze-maker that also does c-tests. If you're not happy with DOS it's probably not going to be easy to use. It's an old but effective program.
A c-test follows the rule of twos. Starting with the second sentence in a passage (first sentence left intact to provide context), delete the 2nd half of every 2nd word. According to research conducted with c-tests, they are an instrument capable of discriminating native from non-native speakers of a language. That is to say, native speakers can complete most c-tests with near-100 percent accuracy (which is to say, if you are a native speaker, you should be able to complete any c-test in your language perfectly almost every time, and furthermore, if you aren't a native speaker, you might not be able to do this, unless your proficiency is near-native quality). Cloze tests on the other hand are more ambiguous. Native speakers cannot consistently achieve 100% on cloze tests (if the aim is to reconstruct the cloze exactly as it was).
Blasszauer János wrote:
> Dear Dafne and other webheads,
> If you are interested in the software that can create C-tests then you can
> find it and download it at http://www.eteach.50g.com/download.htm (C-test
> creator in zip file -at the bottom of the page-).
> It's a great tool!
> All the best,
> Janos Blasszauer
> Nagykanizsa, Hungary
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Dafne" <dygonza@...>
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> Subject: [evonline2002_webheads] C-tests
> > Vance,
> > I remember that a while ago, there was a discussion about C-tests,
> > and you provided an url where a software for creating C-tests could
> > be downloaded. Some colleagues from Caracas, have asked if I knew of
> > a software that could do that, I remembered the postings but have not
> > been able to find the messages. Is it possible to have thoses
> > addresses again?
> > Thanks a lot,;-)
> > Daf
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