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EBS Test-Preparation Books: A Diagnostic Analysis. Dr. Andrew E. Finch. Introduction. This presentation is based on the EBS English-study books available in April, 2004. The analysis identified problems that were symptomatic of deeper issues.

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Introduction

  • This presentation is based on the EBS English-study books available in April, 2004.

  • The analysis identified problems that were symptomatic of deeper issues.

  • This presentation offers constructive recommendations to solve (cure) the problems producing the symptoms.


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Introduction

  • Before presenting the cure, it is necessary to examine the sickness.

  • This diagnostic analysis was carried out with positive intentions:

    • to improve the standard of test-preparation materials represented by the EBS books;

    • to improve the learning opportunities of students in Korea;

    • to have a positive effect on the 수능test (CSAT), which is influenced by the EBS books.


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The Books

  • High school English listening: EBS – FM radio programs 2004/2/2 – 7/4

  • Analysis of possible CSAT questions; foreign language section: 2004/2/2 – 4/25

  • CSAT English grammar special class: Internet advanced level

  • English reading method: Internet beginner level

  • First grade CSAT vocabulary special class: Internet advanced level

  • English reading practice (1): Internet advanced level

  • English reading practice (2): Internet advanced level

  • EBS CSAT special class; foreign language section: 2004/2/2/ – 7/4


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The Problems:

  • grammatical inaccuracies (159 instances);

  • incorrect answers to multiple-choice questions and reading passages (7 instances);

  • more than one appropriate response to multiple-choice questions (14 instances);

  • poorly-constructed passages (not conforming to the rules of paragraph construction) (24 instances);

  • illogical passages (poor expositions of unfounded, opinion-based arguments) (54 instances);

  • inappropriate use of the target language (especially in listening scripts) (36 instances);

  • inappropriate content (racist, sexist, discriminatory) (44 instances);

  • repetition of passages in different books (16 instances).


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The Presentation

  • This presentation will present some sample errors and inconsistencies.

  • Recommendations will then be made for the EBS books and for the testing scene in Korea.

  • The first category to be considered is that of grammatical errors.


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1: Grammar (159 errors)

  • Each person needs to find the right combination of diet and excercise.

    • English reading practice (2), p. 47, item 2, line 7

  • He got a help from his son.

    • English reading practice (1), p. 112, item 5, line 7

  • I am thinking to clean my apartment.

    • High school English listening, p. 86, item 1, line 3

  • You might as well as throw your money into the river as lend it to him.

    • First grade CSAT vocabulary special class, p. 15

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