Understanding Language Testing

Understanding Language Testing

As such this is the ideal book for both beginning students of linguistics and language education, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to language testing.

Author: Dan Douglas

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781444166422

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 176

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Understanding Language Testing presents an introduction to language tests and the process of test development that starts at the very beginning. Assuming no knowledge of the field, the book promotes a practical understanding of language testing using examples from a variety of languages. While grounded on solid theoretical principles, the book focuses on fostering a true understanding of the various uses of language tests and the process of test development, scoring test performance, analyzing and interpreting test results, and above all, using tests as ethically and fairly as possible so that test takers are given every opportunity to do their best, to learn as much as possible, and feel positive about their language learning. Each chapter includes a summary, suggestions for further reading, and exercises. As such this is the ideal book for both beginning students of linguistics and language education, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to language testing.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding and Developing Language Tests

Understanding and Developing Language Tests

This book attempts to develop a framework for constructing language tests which is consistent wirth a wide range of theoretical insights. The central aim is that it should provide teachers with the means of writing better tests.

Author: Cyril J. Weir

Publisher:

ISBN: 013947532X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 203

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This book attempts to develop a framework for constructing language tests which is consistent wirth a wide range of theoretical insights. The central aim is that it should provide teachers with the means of writing better tests.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language Testing and Validation

Language Testing and Validation

This innovative book, by a world authority on language testing, deals with all key aspects of language test design and implementation. It provides a road map to effective testing based on the latest approaches to test validation.

Author: C. Weir

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9780230514577

Category: Education

Page: 301

View: 271

Tests for the measurement of language abilities must be constructed according to a coherent validity framework based on the latest developments in theory and practice. This innovative book, by a world authority on language testing, deals with all key aspects of language test design and implementation. It provides a road map to effective testing based on the latest approaches to test validation. A book for all MA students in Applied Linguistics or TESOL, and for professional language teachers
Categories: Education

Language Testing

Language Testing

This book offers a succinct theoretical introduction to the basic concepts in language testing in a way that is easy to understand.

Author: Tim McNamara

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0194372227

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 140

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This book offers a succinct theoretical introduction to the basic concepts in language testing in a way that is easy to understand. In the Japanese context, this book is highly recommended for university faculty members involved in obtaining assessment literacy, teachers who want to validate their exploratory teaching and testing, or applied linguistics students new to the language testing field. The book is divided into four main sections. The first provides an overview of the principles of language testing. The next contains short extracts from the testing literature with questions which stimulate further thinking. Section 3 is a list of references with brief annotations and Section 4 a glossary of referenced testing terms.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing

The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing

Highlighting marginalized but significant perspectives about the sociopolitical essence of English language tests and testing processes worldwide, this book explores the social considerations of testing theories and practices from a ...

Author: Seyyed-Abdolhamid Mirhosseini

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9781350071360

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 280

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Highlighting marginalized but significant perspectives about the sociopolitical essence of English language tests and testing processes worldwide, this book explores the social considerations of testing theories and practices from a critical perspective. Investigating concerns surrounding power inequalities, The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing takes a socially-situated view of language assessment, bringing sociopolitical understandings of language teaching, learning, and assessment to the forefront in the field. Within the broader discussion of the politics of test use, an international team of language and education experts address the issues of ideology, diversity, power, and dominance in English language testing. Through socially-sensitive theoretical as well as empirical discussion and investigation of English language testing, this book offers valuable insights, not only to applied linguists and the language education community who have focused on positivistic and cognitively-oriented conceptions of language testing, but to anyone who wishes to venture beyond the traditional bounds of the field.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Re examining Language Testing

Re examining Language Testing

Winner of the SAGE/ILTA Book Award 2016 Re-examining Language Testing explores ideas that form the foundations of language testing and assessment.

Author: Glenn Fulcher

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317443179

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 234

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Winner of the SAGE/ILTA Book Award 2016 Re-examining Language Testing explores ideas that form the foundations of language testing and assessment. The discussion is framed within the philosophical and social beliefs that have forged the practices endemic in language education and policy today. From historical and cultural perspectives, Glenn Fulcher considers the evolution of language assessment, and contrasting claims made about the nature of language and human communication, how we acquire knowledge of language abilities, and the ethics of test use. The book investigates why societies use tests, and the values that have driven changes in practice over time. The discussion is presented within an argument that an Enlightenment inspired view of human nature and advancement is most suited to a progressive, tolerant, and principled theory of language testing and validation. Covering key topics such as measurement, validity, accountability and values, Re-examining Language Testing provides a unique and innovative analysis of the ideas and social forces that shape the practice of language testing. It is an essential read for advanced undergraduate and postgraduate students of Applied Linguistics and Education. Professionals working in language testing and language teachers will also find this book invaluable.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language Testing

Language Testing

language testing research, opening a Pandora's box of issues with no ... those engaged in actual test development; but it precludes an understanding of some ...

Author: Tim McNamara

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405155434

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

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Winner of the SAGE/ILTA Award for Best Book on Language Testing 2009 This volume focuses on the social aspects of language testing, including assessment of socially situated language use and societal consequences of language tests. The authors argue that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary to examine the functions of tests on a societal scale. Considers these issues in relation to language assessment in oral proficiency interviews, and to the assessment of second language pragmatics. Argues that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary if we are to fully understand the social dimension of language assessment.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language Testing and Evaluation

Language Testing and Evaluation

This book brings together two related fields - language testing and language programme evaluation - in a way that no single introductory text has done, and seeks to encourage closer relations between the two in both academic curricula and ...

Author: Desmond Allison

Publisher: World Scientific

ISBN: 9971692260

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 255

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This book brings together two related fields - language testing and language programme evaluation - in a way that no single introductory text has done, and seeks to encourage closer relations between the two in both academic curricula and professional practice. It introduces readers not just to basic concepts, but to some of the major social, educational and research concerns and activities that characterise language testing and evaluation. The book can serve either as a basic text for a taught course, or for self-study. All chapters include suggestions for further reading, and discussions frequently point towards possible explorations in classroom research and practice. A glossary of key concepts and a select annotated bibliography are provided. The book addresses the language teaching profession generally as well as students of applied linguistics and English language teaching.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing

Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study. The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure.

Author: Anthony Green

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781134516629

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 272

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Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study. The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section. Exploring Language Assessment and Testing is a straightforward introduction to the field that provides an inclusive and impartial survey of both classroom based assessment by teachers and larger scale testing, using concrete examples to guide students to the relevant literature. Ranging from theory to classroom based scenarios, the author provides practical guidance on designing, developing and using assessments, with flexible, step by step processes for improving the quality of tests and assessment systems to make them fairer and more accurate. This book is an indispensable introduction to the areas of language assessment and testing, and will be of interest to language teachers as well as postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students studying Language Education, Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Understanding Language Change

Understanding Language Change

Understanding Language series Series Editors: Bernard Comrie, ... Andrea D. Sims Understanding Language Testing Dan Douglas Understanding Second Language ...

Author: Associate Professor Department of Linguistics Kate Burridge

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781315463001

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 314

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The Understanding Language series provides approachable, yet authoritative, introductions to all the major topics in linguistics. Ideal for students with little or no prior knowledge of linguistics, each book carefully explains the basics, emphasising understanding of the essential notions rather than arguing for a particular theoretical position. Understanding Language Change offers a complete introduction to historical linguistics and language change. The book takes a step-by-step approach, first by introducing concepts through English examples and building on this with illustrations from other languages. Key features of this introductory text include: up to date and recent case studies at the end of each chapter chapter summaries and exercises that feature a wide range of languages coverage of application of historical linguistics in each chapter glossary of terms This book is essential reading for any students studying Historical Linguistics for the first time.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

European Language Testing in a Global Context

European Language Testing in a Global Context

(1986) warned that a reliance on statistical analyses alone could not give us a full understanding of what a test measures, that is, its construct validity; ...

Author: Michael Milanovic

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521535878

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 304

View: 559

The conference papers presented in ths volume represent a small subset of the many excellent presentations made at that event.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Language Testing and Assessment

Language Testing and Assessment

Made up of eight volumes, the Encyclopedia of Language and Education is the first attempt at providing an overview of the subject.

Author: Caroline Clapham

Publisher: Kluwer Academic Publishers

ISBN: 0792347021

Category: Language and education

Page: 352

View: 451

Made up of eight volumes, the Encyclopedia of Language and Education is the first attempt at providing an overview of the subject.
Categories: Language and education

Understanding Language Teaching

Understanding Language Teaching

Take for instance, the following short passage from Bachman and Palmer's 1996 book on language testing, and notice how words like competence, knowledge, ...

Author: B. Kumaravadivelu

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781135607616

Category: Education

Page: 276

View: 319

This book traces the historical development of major language teaching methods in terms of theoretical principles and classroom procedures, and provides a critical evaluation of each. Drawing from seminal, foundational texts and from critical commentaries made by various scholars, Kumaravadivelu examines the profession's current transition from method to postmethod and, in the process, elucidates the relationship between theory, research, and practice. The chief objective is to help readers see the pattern that connects language, learning, teaching methods, and postmethod perspectives. In this book, Kumaravadivelu: *brings together a critical vision of L2 learning and teaching--a vision founded at once on historical development and contemporary thought; *connects findings of up-to-date research in L2 learning with issues in L2 teaching thus making the reader aware of the relationship between theory, research and practice; *presents language teaching methods within a coherent framework of language-, learner-, and learning-centered pedagogies, thus helping the reader to see how they are related to each other; *shows how the three categories of methods evolved historically leading ultimately (and inevitably) to the emergence of a postmethod condition; and *provides the reader with a solid background in several interconnected areas of L2 pedagogy, such as concepts of competence, input factors, intake processes, interactional modifications, and instructional design. Understanding Language Teaching: From Method to Postmethod is intended for an international audience of teacher educators, practicing teachers and graduate students, researchers, curriculum planners, and materials designers in the field of second and foreign language teaching.
Categories: Education

Understanding and Teaching English Spelling

Understanding and Teaching English Spelling

Retrieved from www.dcielts.com/ielts-vocabulary/spelling- test-tips Douglas, D. (2010). Understanding language testing. London, UK: Routledge.

Author: Adam Brown

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351621861

Category: Education

Page: 316

View: 870

Concise and engaging, this text provides pre-service and practicing English language teachers with the knowledge they need to successfully teach the spelling of English. Offering context and explanation for the English spelling system as well as uniquely addressing specific problems in learning the spelling of English words, this book empowers readers with strategies for coping with these problems. Divided into six accessible sections, Brown covers the history of English spelling, the influence of technology on spelling, the role of punctuation, the features of present-day English spelling, teaching strategies for coping with difficult spelling, and the future of spelling and literacy. The short, digestible chapters include practical learning objectives and end-of-chapter exercises to help teachers understand and explain English spelling concepts.
Categories: Education

Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms

Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms

7, Language testing and assessment) (pp. 1—20). New York 86 Berlin: Springer. Bailey, A. L. (2010). Implications for assessment.

Author: Marilyn Shatz

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136700644

Category: Education

Page: 184

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With the increasing linguistic and cultural diversity of students in U. S. schools, all teachers, regardless of the content area or grade they teach, need research-based strategies for assisting all students to gain English proficiency. This practical, concise guide shows teachers what they need to know about language, how it is learned, how it is used, and how teaching about it can be incorporated into lessons throughout the curriculum. Understanding Language in Diverse Classrooms offers a model of how learning takes place and describes the critical role of teachers in that model. It includes comparison charts showing how some of the most common heritage languages represented among present-day students compare with English, and it provides examples of hands-on materials including checklists, rating scales, and sample lessons to help teachers prepare to teach all their students in diverse classrooms. Each chapter ends with questions to stimulate discussion and reflection on major chapter points, to enable readers to review and evaluate the information and then integrate it into their own practice.
Categories: Education

Challenges in Language Testing Around the World

Challenges in Language Testing Around the World

Insights for language test users Betty Lanteigne, Christine Coombe, ... Language assessment literacy as self-awareness: Understanding the role of ...

Author: Betty Lanteigne

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789813342323

Category: Education

Page: 553

View: 618

This book combines insights from language assessment literacy and critical language testing through critical analyses and research about challenges in language assessment around the world. It investigates problematic practices in language testing which are relevant to language test users such as language program directors, testing centers, and language teachers, as well as teachers-in-training in Graduate Diploma and Master of Arts in Applied Linguistics programs. These issues involve aspects of language testing such as test development, test administration, scoring, and interpretation/use of test results. Chapters in this volume discuss insights about language testing policy, testing world languages, developing program-level language tests and tests of specific language skills, and language assessment literacy. In addition, this book identifies two needs in language testing for further examination: the need for collaboration between language test developers, language test users, and language users, and the need to base language tests on real-world language use.
Categories: Education

Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy

Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy

Understanding language assessment literacy profiles of different stakeholder groups in China: The importance of contextual and experiential factors ...

Author: Sahbi Hidri

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000075793

Category: Education

Page: 274

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Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy describes how the elements of language assessment literacy can help teachers gather information about when and how to assess learners, and about using the appropriate assessment tools to interpret results in a fair way. It provides highlights from past and current research, descriptions of assessment processes that enhance LAL, case studies from classrooms, and suggestions for professional dialogue and collaboration. This book will help to foster continuous learning, empower learners and teachers and make them more confident in their assessment tasks, and reassure decision makers that what is going on in assessment meets international benchmarks and standards. It addresses issues like concepts and challenges of assessment, the impacts of reflective feedback on assessment, the ontogenetic nature of assessment literacy, the reliability of classroom-based assessment, and interfaces between teaching and assessment. It fills this gap in the literature by addressing the current status and future challenges of language assessment literacy. This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers, and post-graduate students in the fields of language assessment literacy and English language teaching.
Categories: Education

Handbook of Second Language Assessment

Handbook of Second Language Assessment

Language assessment and professional development. ... Language assessment: principles and classroom practices. ... Understanding language testing.

Author: Dina Tsagari

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781614513827

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

View: 291

Second language assessment is ubiquitous. It has found its way from education into questions about access to professions and migration. This volume focuses on the main debates and research advances in second language assessment in the last fifty years or so, showing the influence of linguistics, politics, philosophy, psychology, sociology, and psychometrics. There are four parts which, when taken together, address the principles and practices of second language assessment while considering its impact on society. Read separately, each part addresses a different aspect of the field. Part I deals with the conceptual foundations of second language assessment with chapters on the purposes of assessment, and standards and frameworks, as well as matters of scoring, quality assurance, and test validation. Part II addresses the theory and practice of assessing different second language skills including aspects like intercultural competence and fluency. Part III examines the challenges and opportunities of second language assessment in a range of contexts. In addition to chapters on second language assessment on a national scale, there are chapters on learning-oriented assessment, as well as the uses of second language assessment in the workplace and for migration. Part IV examines a selection of important issues in the field that deserve attention. These include the alignment of language examinations to external frameworks, the increasing use of technology to both deliver and score second language tests, the responsibilities associated with assessing test takers with special needs, the concept of 'voice' in second language assessment, and assessment literacy for teachers and other test and score users.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing

An elaborated language testing model. In J. A. Upshur & J. Fata (Eds.), Problems in Foreign language testing. ... Understanding language testing.

Author: Anthony Green

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000332056

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 290

View: 101

The Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics series takes an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front' structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Exploring Language Assessment and Testing offers a straightforward and accessible introduction that starts from real-world experiences and uses practical examples to introduce the reader to the academic field of language assessment and testing. Extensively updated, with additional features such as reader tasks (with extensive commentaries from the author), a glossary of key terms and an annotated further reading section, this second edition provides coverage of recent theoretical and technological developments and explores specific purposes for assessment. Including concrete models and examples to guide readers into the relevant literature, this book also offers practical guidance for educators and researchers on designing, developing and using assessments. Providing an inclusive and impartial survey of both classroom-based assessment by teachers and larger-scale testing, this is an indispensable introduction for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students studying Language Education, Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Exploring English Language Teaching

Exploring English Language Teaching

Language Teaching Research, 2/3: 203–29. Douglas, D. (2010) Understanding Language Testing. London: Hodder Education. Duda, R. and Riley, ...

Author: Graham Hall

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9781136804243

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 296

View: 900

This title will provide a single volume introduction to the field of ELT from an applied linguistics perspective.
Categories: Foreign Language Study