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Measuring English Grammar Test: A Rasch Analysis Approach

Fatimah, Ali and Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan and Nor Suhardiliana, Sahar and Zuraina, Ali and Afifuddin Husairi, Hussain (2017) Measuring English Grammar Test: A Rasch Analysis Approach. In: 8th The International Conference on Education and Educational Psychology (ICEEPSY), 11-14 October 2017 , Porto University, Porto, Portugal. pp. 236-244.. ISSN 2357-1330 (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Students’ mastery of English language has always been the concern of many stakeholders especially the employers. Various standard language tests are used to measure the level of spoken and written language competency in general. However, not many language tests assess grammatical competency among the ESL learners. The grammar test which was developed aims to identify the students’ strengths and weaknesses in all 7 important grammatical elements such as Part of Speech, Tenses, Subject verb agreement, Relative Clauses, Conditionals, Passive and Verb Forms. The purpose of this study was to measure the reliability and validity of the instrument (UMP-EPT Grammar) using RASCH. The instrument which consists of 60 items was administered to 1694 first-year engineering students at Universiti Malaysia Pahang, Malaysia. Data collected were analyzed using WINSTEPS version 3.80.1. Findings revealed that item reliability and item separation was 1.0 and 20.53 respectively, while for person reliability and person separation, the results were .80 and 2.03 respectively. The study implies that the grammar test developed has great potential to be used for any high-stake test.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Speech)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Grammar test; Rasch; Item reliability; Person reliability; Language competency
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
P Language and Literature > PE English
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Mrs. Neng Sury Sulaiman
Date Deposited: 15 Nov 2017 01:58
Last Modified: 18 Apr 2018 01:03
URI: http://umpir.ump.edu.my/id/eprint/18912
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