Multiple minimal choices: ideology and multiple choice English language testing in Thailand / Thomas Hoy

Hoy, Thomas (2007) Multiple minimal choices: ideology and multiple choice English language testing in Thailand / Thomas Hoy. Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE), 3 (1). pp. 23-37. ISSN 1823-7797

Abstract

Thailand’s educational system is plagued by rote learning, deference to authority, and habits of uncritical thinking. One of the culprits is the emphasis on regurgitating “facts” through multiple choice language
testing. This paper addresses the ideological responses and habits that multiple choice language tests demand and reinforce. Through an examination of practice questions for vocabulary tests at a major Thai university a number of contentions about multiple choice vocabulary testing are developed. Students need to imagine the examiner’s ideal context for the statement that is tested and they need to anticipate the examiner’s value system and ideology. These tests breed conformism and punish curiosity about the language. The time and energy that students spend in studying for them retards and deforms more important aspects of linguistic performance and also their intellectual growth in general.

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Item Type: Article
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Hoy, Thomas
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Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Faculty of Education
Journal or Publication Title: Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
UiTM Journal Collections: UiTM Journal > Asian Journal of University Education (AJUE)
ISSN: 1823-7797
Volume: 3
Number: 1
Page Range: pp. 23-37
Keywords: English language, Multiple choice language tests, Thailand educational system
Date: 2007
URI: https://ir.uitm.edu.my/id/eprint/6650
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