Standardized Test Results: An Opportunity for English Program Improvement

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Maureyra Jiménez
Caroll Rodríguez
Lourdes Rey Paba


This case study explores the relationship between the results obtained by a group of Industrial Engineering students on a national standardized English test and the impact these results had on language program improvement. The instruments used were interviews, document analysis, observations, surveys, and test results analysis. Findings indicate that the program has some weaknesses in terms of number of hours of instruction, methodology, and assessment practices that affect the program content and the students’ expected performance. Recommendations relate to setting up a plan of action to make the program enhance student’s performance in English, bearing in mind that the goal is not the students’ preparation for the test but the development of language skills.

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Jiménez, M., Rodríguez, C., & Rey Paba, L. (2017). Standardized Test Results: An Opportunity for English Program Improvement. HOW Journal, 24(2), 121-140.
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Maureyra Jiménez, Universidad Simon Bolivar

Maureyra Jiménez is an English teacher at Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras at Universidad Simón Bolivar and holds a master degree in Teaching English.

Caroll Rodríguez

Caroll Rodríguez is an English teacher at Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras at Universidad Simón Bolivar and holds a master degree in Teaching English.

Lourdes Rey Paba, Universidad del Norte

Lourdes Rey Paba is an English professor, researcher and Department Director at the undergraduate and graduate level in the Department of Foreign Languages at Instituto de Idiomas, Universidad del Norte. Her research interests include curriculum development, internationalization, language policies, and teacher development. Member of COLCIENCIAS-ranked research group: Language and Education.


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