Illustrating the Demands of a Performance Test Through an Interactive Multimedia Syllabus

  • David Coniam


This article describes the rationale for and production of a
syllabus (or 'test specification') document implemented via
hyperlinked multimedia. The purpose of the multimedia
program is to illustrate and exemplify the scales, descriptors
and criteria for the Classroom Language Assessment (CLA)
component of the English Language Benchmark Test in Hong
Kong- a newly introduced language certification test for
teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL). TheCLA test
is a performance test of EFigure lnglish, and is assessed on the
job; that is, as ESL teachers are teaching a live English lesson.