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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
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.
introduction3
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.
the books
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
the problems
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).
the presentation
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.
1 grammar 159 errors
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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