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Analysis of examination language

This page contains a link to the dissertation written by the webmaster in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the Degree of Master of Arts in TEFL/TESL at Birmingham University. Following is the dissertation abstract.

AN ANALYSIS OF THE LANGUAGE OF THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE COMPUTING STUDIES EXAMINATION 1982-1993

Many of the private schools which have been established around the world to provide an English-medium education for the children of expatriate families offer the International Baccalaureate (IB) as their matriculation examination. In this paper the language of the IB Computing Studies examination (1982-1993) is analysed to determine its comprehensibility for the many candidates who do not have English as their first language. The analysis is followed by a description of an experiment which was carried out at Frankfurt International School with the intention of testing the hypothesis that adapting original questions can improve their comprehensibility. Although the experiment could not be completed successfully, and consequently the hypothesis could neither be proved nor disproved, the conclusion of the analysis as a whole is that the IB Computing Studies examination is to a significant extent a test of English as well as a test of knowledge about computing.

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