The National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy: How might it be used to support teaching in higher education?

 

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dc.contributor.author Cliff, Alan
dc.date.accessioned 2016-05-12T05:36:40Z
dc.date.available 2016-05-12T05:36:40Z
dc.date.issued 2015
dc.identifier.citation Cliff, A. (2015). The National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy: how might it be used to support teaching in higher education?. Language Matters, 46(1), 3-21. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 1022-8195 en_ZA
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11427/19610
dc.identifier.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/10228195.2015.1027505
dc.description.abstract The National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy is designed to assess the ability of first-year students to cope with the typical language-of-instruction, academic reading and reasoning demands they will face on entry to higher education. Drawing on quantitative data, this paper reports on the overall performance levels of a large-scale (n = 6500) national sample of test-takers who took the test as applicants for the 2013 intake into higher education. Overall test-taker performance is disaggregated by performance on sub-scales of the overall construct of academic literacy. The argument is made that the National Benchmark Test provides a framework for a nuanced and practicable understanding of test-takers’ academic literacy ‘proficiencies’. The conclusion to the paper evaluates the extent to which the test enables higher education lecturers’ greater engagement with students’ academic literacy shortcomings and with research-led information aimed at the improvement of teaching and learning. en_ZA
dc.language eng en_ZA
dc.publisher Taylor & Francis en_ZA
dc.source Language Matters: Studies in the Languages of Africa en_ZA
dc.source.uri http://www.tandfonline.com/toc/rlms20/current
dc.subject academic literacy
dc.subject language testing
dc.subject standardised assessment
dc.subject language testing
dc.subject teaching and learning
dc.title The National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy: How might it be used to support teaching in higher education? en_ZA
dc.type Journal Article en_ZA
uct.type.publication Research en_ZA
uct.type.resource Article en_ZA
dc.publisher.institution University of Cape Town
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