Educational Research and Reviews

  • Abbreviation: Educ. Res. Rev.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 1990-3839
  • DOI: 10.5897/ERR
  • Start Year: 2006
  • Published Articles: 1865

Full Length Research Paper

Exploring challenges of preparing authentic English language tests in secondary and preparatory schools: The case of Gamo, Gofa and Konso zones in Southern Ethiopia

Mohammed Shure Wado
  • Mohammed Shure Wado
  • Department of English Language and Literature, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia.
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Abdurehman Osman Seid
  • Abdurehman Osman Seid
  • Department of English Language and Literature, College of Social Sciences and Humanities, Arba Minch University, Arba Minch, Ethiopia.
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  •  Received: 23 March 2020
  •  Accepted: 03 July 2020
  •  Published: 31 August 2020

Abstract

The main objective of this research was to study challenges of preparing authentic English language tests in Ethiopian six secondary schools. The focus was to assess current challenges in the preparation of authentic and communicative language tests. To this end, interviews and FGD with English language teachers were made and hence, 61 teachers were taken as the sample for the study from six secondary schools: Arba Minch, Chamo, Konso, Chencha, Gidole and Sawla secondary and preparatory schools using available sampling technique. Finally, the finding of the study shows that teachers have problems in preparing authentic language tests because of six main challenges: Large class size, student’s low motivation, teachers’ language proficiency, the test setting and absence of authentic materials.

 

Key words: Challenges, test, authentic test.