Year 2018, Volume 7 , Issue 2, Pages 91 - 103 2018-06-28

Multiple Questions in Different Sections of Oral Proficiency Interviews

Mehmet Abi [1] , Eda Üstünel [2]

It is generally accepted that productive skills, i.e. writing and speaking, are hard to evaluate in EFL classes and they require special training in terms of assuring valid and reliable assessments. Recently oral proficiency interviews (OPIs) are gaining popularity as one type of assessment and they seem to provide more valid results when administered appropriately. One of the main characteristics of OPIs are multiple questions (MQs). They are used in OPIs to deal with the problems. Therefore, it may be beneficial to investigate the use of MQs in OPIs to reach better understanding and increase the validity. In this respect, conversation analysis which enables researchers track learning and examine micro details makes it possible to see what is happening in conversations. In scope of the current study, in which two-hour recording of OPIs administered in a Turkish University, the use of MQs in OPIs is examined by using conversation analysis and the findings are discussed.

Multiple Questions, Oral Proficiency Exams, Conversation Analysis, Problems in OPIs
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Primary Language en
Journal Section Research Article

Orcid: 0000-0002-4976-5173
Author: Mehmet Abi (Primary Author)
Country: Turkey

Orcid: 0000-0003-2137-1671
Author: Eda Üstünel
Country: Turkey


Application Date : November 22, 2018
Acceptance Date : December 31, 2018
Publication Date : June 28, 2018

APA Abi, M , Üstünel, E . (2018). Multiple Questions in Different Sections of Oral Proficiency Interviews . ELT Research Journal , 7 (2) , 91-103 . Retrieved from