Archived Articles 2012

Volume 6 Fall 2012

“Assessing Portuguese Skills: Research and Practice”

Editor’s Note

Margo Milleret                                                                                                                        University of New Mexico

A quick on-line search of academic publications for articles on evaluation, assessment, and teaching Portuguese only uncovered three articles, which is not the bibliography that I imagined available.  Could it be that the special topic for volume #6 would call on an untapped wealth of articles that colleagues were waiting to submit, or is this a topic that is practiced in many Portuguese classes and programs, but is not the subject of academic articles?  The response to this CFP was not much greater than the original research.  However, the pieces presented in this volume #6, are practical and helpful while at the same time based on solid research.  They explain the terms and demonstrate what each means, how it is applied to language programs, and what colleagues can do to begin or advance their own work.

This volume, then, is a beginning point that marks the state of evaluation and assessment in Portuguese programs.  It provides proof that there is room to develop and utilize assessment (the Davis interview) and that there are outstanding models to follow or adapt (the Wiedemann interview).  There is a theoretical discussion of how to evaluate tests for reading and writing. In addition, there is a short explanation of the two proficiency exams offered to individuals in the United States by the Brazilian and Portuguese governments. This volume also includes seven book reviews of newly published materials in the field of teaching Portuguese.  I thank all the contributors to this volume for sharing their time and expertise in support of the teaching of Portuguese.


Portuguese Assessment at the Stanford Language Center: An interview with LyrisWiedemann                                                                                                                                     August 15, 2012

Issues, Trends and Recommended Practice in College Foreign Language Outcomes Assessment: An Interview with John McE. Davis                                                                   August, 2012

A problemática da avaliação da produção e compreensão de textos escritos em Português para Estrangeiros                                                                                                                             Bruno de Andrade Rodrigues Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro

Lívia Assunção Cecílio                                                                                                                      Alma Mater  Studiorum Università di Bologna

Portuguese Proficency Exams