Language Testing in Practice

Language Testing in Practice

This book relates language testing practice to current views of communicative language teaching and testing.

Author: Lyle F. Bachman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0194371484

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 377

View: 434

This book relates language testing practice to current views of communicative language teaching and testing. It builds on the theoretical background expounded in Bachman's Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing and examines the design, planning, and organization of tests. The book is divided into three sections which discuss 1) objectives and expectations, the context of language testing, and the abilities to be tested; 2) the process of test development, including blueprints, resources, operationalization, and scoring methods; and 3) ten examples which illustrate the principles discussed in Parts One and Two.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Language Assessment in Practice

Language Assessment in Practice

Illustrative test development projects guide readers through the process. Additional website material accompanies the book.

Author: Lyle Bachman

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0194422933

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 520

View: 710

Draws on authors' extensive experience in language teaching and assessment. Takes into account the most recent developments in research in applied linguistics, language teaching, and language assessment. Illustrative test development projects guide readers through the process. Additional website material accompanies the book.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Language Testing

Language Testing

Aimed at researchers and students interested in language testing theory and practice, the chapters in this book vary in style and content and are both stimulating and robust.

Author: Barry O'Sullivan

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 0230230636

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 304

View: 104

Based in the present, but with the main focus on the future, international contributors give a coherent overview of some of the key contemporary issues in Language Testing, but crucially also offer the reader insight into the future direction of the field.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice

Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice

This volume takes a fresh look at language assessment in these regions, and provides a unique overview of contemporary language assessment research.

Author: Vahid Aryadoust

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443889797

Category: Language and languages

Page: 632

View: 566

Despite prodigious developments in the field of language assessment in the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, research and practice in these areas have been underrepresented in mainstream literature. This volume takes a fresh look at language assessment in these regions, and provides a unique overview of contemporary language assessment research. In compiling this book, the editors have tapped into the knowledge of language and educational assessment experts whose diversity of perspectives and experience has enriched the focus and scope of language and educational assessment in general, and the present volume in particular. The six ‘trends’ addressed in the 26 chapters that comprise this title consider such contemporary topics as data mining, in-class assessment, and washback. The contributors explore new approaches and techniques in language assessment including advances resulting from multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers in computer science, genetics, and neuroscience. The current trends and promising new directions identified in this volume and the research reported here suggest that researchers across the Middle East and the Pacific Rim are playing—and will continue to play—an important role in advancing the quality, utility, and fairness of language testing and assessment practices.
Categories: Language and languages

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: 668

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

Foreign language Testing Theory and Practice

Foreign language Testing  Theory and Practice

Discusses the theory and practice behind foreign-language testing.

Author: John L. D. Clark

Publisher:

ISBN: 0838427995

Category: Languages, Modern

Page: 174

View: 206

Discusses the theory and practice behind foreign-language testing.
Categories: Languages, Modern

Language Assessment Literacy

Language Assessment Literacy

This book addresses issues that promote the concept of LAL for language research, teaching, and learning, covering a range of topics.

Author: Dina Tsagari

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781527549784

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 332

View: 359

The field of language testing and assessment has recognized the importance and underlying theoretical and practical underpinnings of language assessment literacy (LAL), an area that is gradually coming to prominence. This book addresses issues that promote the concept of LAL for language research, teaching, and learning, covering a range of topics. It brings together 14 chapters based on high-stakes and classroom-based studies authored by academics, professionals and researchers in the field. The text examines diverse issues through a multifaceted approach, presenting high-quality contributions that fill a gap in a research area that has long been in need of theoretical and empirical attention.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Validation in Language Testing

Validation in Language Testing

Indeed, as the present volume clearly demonstrates, many different techniques for empirical analysis and types of evidence may be used to assess and interpret the validity of diverse aspects of language tests as well as the consequences ...

Author: Alister H. Cumming

Publisher: Multilingual Matters

ISBN: 185359296X

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 258

View: 350

"The validation of language tests is widely discussed and expected, but only in recent years have researchers adopted a variety of innovative techniques for developing, assessing and validating specific tests of second or foreign language proficiency and their impact on education and society. Indeed, as the present volume clearly demonstrates, many different techniques for empirical analysis and types of evidence may be used to assess and interpret the validity of diverse aspects of language tests as well as the consequences they may have for language students, educators and society."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved
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

View: 617

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

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

View: 777

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

Local Language Testing

Local Language Testing

Aimed at language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation, this is a timely book in that focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters/encourages their use, and ...

Author: Slobodanka Dimova

Publisher:

ISBN: 1138588482

Category: Educational tests and measurements

Page: 212

View: 742

"Local Language Testing: Design, Implementation, and Development describes the language testing practice that exists in the intermediate space between large-scale standardized testing and classroom assessment, an area that is rarely addressed in the language testing and assessment literature. Local language tests and assessments are developed for use within a specific context and serve a variety of purposes (e.g., entry-level proficiency testing, placement testing, international teaching assistant testing, writing assessment, and program evaluation), i.e. purposes that cannot be addressed effectively through the use of either broadly-purposed, standardized, commercial alternatives or specialized, focused classroom assessments. Covering both theory and practice, this book focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters and encourages their use, and provides suggested ideas for their development and maintenance. The authors include examples of operational tests with well-proven track records and discuss: local tests' ability to represent local contexts and values, explicitly and purposefully embed test results within instructional practice, and provide data for program evaluation and research; local testing practices grounded in the theoretical principles of language testing, drawing from experiences with local testing to supplement the theoretical content in the book with practical examples of local language tests and how they can be designed to effectively function within and across different institutional contexts Aimed at language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation, this is a timely book in that, despite the widespread use of local tests for specific institutional purposes, it focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters/encourages their use, and outlines their development and maintenance. It constitutes essential reading for language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation"--
Categories: Educational tests and measurements

Current Issues in Language Evaluation Assessment and Testing

Current Issues in Language Evaluation  Assessment and Testing

Teacher educators, language teachers, and language assessment professionals will find this volume equally useful as the papers present current trends in testing and evaluation.

Author: Christina Gitsaki

Publisher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing

ISBN: 9781443889964

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 340

View: 303

Current Issues in Language Evaluation, Assessment and Testing: Research and Practice is a collection of research papers, most of which were presented at the 17th World Congress of the International Association of Applied Linguistics (AILA), which was held in 2014 in Brisbane, Australia. The volume comprises 15 chapters presenting current research projects and discussing issues related to language testing and the development of language assessment instruments in a variety of contexts around the world. This anthology will be of use to both new and seasoned researchers within the field of Applied Linguistics and TESOL. Teacher educators, language teachers, and language assessment professionals will find this volume equally useful as the papers present current trends in testing and evaluation.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Language Testing

Language Testing

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.

Author: Tim McNamara

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781405155434

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 292

View: 840

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

Examining Speaking

Examining Speaking

This is a companion volume to the previously published titles Examining Writing and Examining Reading.

Author: Lynda Taylor

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521736701

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 387

View: 889

Test developers need to provide a clear explication of the language ability constructs that underpin the tests they offer in the public domain; such an explication is essential for supporting claims about the validity --- or usefulness --- of tests and test scores. This edited volume develops a theoretical framework for validating tests of second language speaking ability. The framework is then applied through an examination of the tasks in Cambridge ESOL speaking tests from a number of different validity perspectives that reflect the socio-cognitive nature of any assessment event. The chapter authors show how an understanding and analysis of the framework and its components can assist test developers to operationalise their tests more effectively, especially in relation to the key criteria that differentiate one proficiency level from another. The volume is a rich source of information on all aspects of examining speaking ability. As such, it will be of considerable interest to examination boards who wish to validate their own speaking tests in a systematic and coherent manner, as well as to academic researchers and graduate students in the field of language assessment more generally. This is a companion volume to the previously published titles Examining Writing and Examining Reading.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

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

View: 470

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

Examining Writing

Examining Writing

The book demonstates the application of a comprehensive test validation framework which adopts a socio-cognitive perspective.

Author: Stuart D. Shaw

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521692938

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 344

View: 152

This publication highlights the need for test developers to provide clear explanations of the ability constructs which underpin tests offered in the public domain. An explanation is increasingly required, if the validity of test score interpretation and use are to be supported both logically, and with empirical evidence. The book demonstates the application of a comprehensive test validation framework which adopts a socio-cognitive perspective. The framework embraces six core components which reflect the practical nature and quality of an actual testing event. It examines Cambridge ESOL writing tasks from the following perspectives: Test Taker, Cognitive Validity, Context Validity, Scoring Validity, Criterion-related Validity and Consequential Validity. The authors show how an understanding and analysis of the framework and its components in relation to specific writing tests can assist test developers to operationalise their tests more effectively, especially in relation to criterial distinctions across test levels.
Categories: Foreign Language Study