First-Year Japanese learners' perceptions of computerised vs. face-to-face oral testing: Challenges and implications
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This chapter explores the effectiveness of computerised oral testing on Japanese learners’ test experiences and associated affective factors in a Japanese program at the Australian tertiary level. The study investigates (1) Japanese beginners’ attitudes towards the feasibility of utilising a computer-generated program vs. a tutor-fronted oral interview to assess their oral proficiency, and (2) the challenges and implications of computerised oral testing vis-à-vis Japanese beginners. It presents the initial findings of the qualitatively analysed data collected from student responses to open-ended survey questions and follow-up semi-structured interviews. A thematic analysis approach was employed to examine student perceptions of the two different test settings and their effects on students’ oral performance in relation to test anxiety. Despite the fact that computerised oral testing was overall perceived to be beneficial for streamlining the test process and reducing learners’ test anxiety, the findings also identified its limitations.
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