Interview Testing: Focusing on Repetition and Increased Contact with a Variety of Teachers to Improve Language Retention and Reduce Anxiety

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Julyan Nutt, Tokai Gakuen University

Faced with students who were unable to cope with basic communication in English, a curriculum was devised that focused on repetition and increased contact with a variety of teachers to improve retention and overcome anxiety. Students were asked ten pre-taught questions on a variety of topics, in an interview test conducted by a teacher with whom they were not familiar. When responding in a Likert-type questionnaire at the end of the course, the majority of students felt they were better able to converse in English with World English speakers. Teachers and students were both supportive of the method. Benefits included increased impartiality and standardization.