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Computerized Oral Proficiency Assessment (COPA)

INTRODUCTION

The Yale-China Chinese Language Centre (CLC) of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), as one of the largest institutions of its kind worldwide, offers language-related services in three major areas: (1) proficiency-oriented language teaching in Chinese; (2) publication of teaching materials and dictionaries; and (3) proficiency assessment in both Cantonese and Putonghua.

COPA OPERATIONAL PROGRAM

Proficiency assessment is one of the research areas maintained by CLC. All assessment tools used by CLC, while serving students at the University, are also made available to the public. Learners who want their speaking proficiency assessed could obtain an objective evaluation based on principles in testing and linguistics. The operational COPA program is designed to assess the communicative ability in Putonghua and Cantonese for learners with various cultural and linguistic backgrounds.

LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY CERTIFICATE

A certificate issued by CLC of the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a description of the proficiency level attained during the assessment, will serve as an indication of the examinee's speaking ability. Such a certificate is mainly used as a supporting document for various academic and practical purposes, such as credits waive at the university level, or proof of language ability for employment.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Contact CLC for an application form, then complete and return it with a check for HK$900 (payable to CUHK, of which $100 is application fee). The application fee will not be refunded once the application is processed. Although the COPA is offered as a public service rather than a commercial testing program, CLC must cover costs arising from the operation.

SCORE REPORTING

An official report will be sent to the examinee two months after the testing date. One additional report will be sent free of charge to the institution designated by the examinee on the application form. All subsequent requests within two years from the date of the examination to send the official report directly from CLC should be accompanied by a check of $50 (payable to CUHK).

COPA HISTORY, FORMAT, SCALES AND EXPLANATIONS

The COPA follows similar testing principles used in the Chinese Speaking Test (CST) developed in 1986 by the Center for Applied Linguistics in the United States. The CST is part of an on-going research project funded by the US Department of Education. While taking the COPA, the examinees hear the test directions in their mother tongue (English, Japanese, Korean, Cantonese or Putonghua) from the computer and respond in the language being assessed (Putonghua or Cantonese). Their responses are recorded and stored in the computer, to be evaluated by two specially trained COPA raters. The test lasts approximately 30 minutes, with tasks covering a wide range of topics and speech functions. The COPA has an 8-point scale based on the Proficiency Guidelines developed by the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL). Each of the 8 points is accompanied by a corresponding description, which characterizes speakers at different levels of proficiency. The rationale in scoring the COPA is to find the level at which the examinee consistently fulfills the speaking functions.

 

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English Version

电脑口语水平评核 (COPA)

主办机构简介

雅礼中国语文研习所创于一九六三年,由新亚书院及美国雅礼协会联合主办,一九七四年开始成为中文大学的一部份。该所的主要服务包括(1)为大学本科生和国际学生提供语言训练,(2)出版教材和字典,(3)为社会提供普通话和广东话口语能力标准化测试服务。

COPA 评核项目简介

语言水平测试是研习所的研究项目之一,粤语版的普通话电脑口语水平评核是本所专门为香港人设计的测试,主要目的是评估香港人在实际生活中运用普通话的能力。这一类测试的重点是语言能力,而不是语言知识。用一个简单的比喻,就是看你能用不同材料建成什么样的房子而不是看你的仓库里有什么建筑材料。除了粤语版以外,COPA还有其他语言的版本,为不同语言和文化背景的人服务。

语言能力证书

参加测试的考生均可获得由中文大学雅礼中国语文研习所发出的证书,以及对考生实际运用语言水平能力的描述。每个等级都有相关的描述,具体介绍属于这一等级的考生所能做的事情。该证书可供考生做为口语能力证明文件。

申请程序

请洽本所评核项目协调员索取报名表,填妥申请表后,连同支票(港币九佰元,其中壹佰元为报名费,抬头请写香港中文大学)寄香港中文大学雅礼中国语文研习所,本所职员会尽快安排应试时间及地点。申请一经办理,报名费概不退回。

成绩报告

评核结果将于考试后两个月寄给考生本人。主办机构可以免费把正式证书副本寄往考生在报名时填妥的机构。从考试日期起两年内,考生可书面要求主办机构把证书副本直接寄送其他学校或公司,每次每份证书收费五十元(HK$50)。

COPA 的历史、形式、等级和说明

从上世纪八十年代开始,美国应用语言学中心在美国教育部的资助下,开始了一个口语水平测试的大型研究项目,汉语模拟口语水平面试(Chinese Speaking Test, 简称CST)是早期成果之一。COPA根据CST的原则,结合粤方言区的特点,采用电脑以随机方式合成试卷。考生通过耳机听到母语的指示和题目说明,同时在电脑显示器上看到书面指引,答案则由电脑同步数码化并存档,再由专业评核人员按标准参照评分。评核的主要指标是通过所获得的语料,看考生是否能在某个特定的水平上按题目的要求用恰当的语言提供答案。测试时间大约三十分钟,题目来自与日常生活有关的各个领域。COPA成绩参照美国外语教学委员会口语水平大纲的描述,共分四级八等,每一等级都有文字说明,具体解释该等级考生的语言能力和特点。

      

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