Validating Second Language Reading Examinations

Validating Second Language Reading Examinations

Key features of the book include: - a detailed review of the literature on CEFR alignment, vertical scaling, test specifications and test comparability - a comprehensive and coherent approach to the validation of reading tests - an ...

Author: Rachel Yi-fen Wu

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107443945

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 185

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"Validating Second Language Reading Examinations describes the development of an empirical framework for test validation and comparison of reading tests at different proficiency levels through a critical evaluation of alignment with the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR). It focuses on contextual parameters, cognitive processing operations and test results and identifies parameters for the description of different levels of reading proficiency examinations. The volume explores procedures for linking tests to the CEFR and proposes both qualitative and quantitative methods that complement the procedures recommended in the Council of Europe's Relating Language Examinations to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR): A Manual, piloted in 2003 and revised 2009. Key features of the book include: - a detailed review of the literature on CEFR alignment, vertical scaling, test specifications and test comparability - a comprehensive and coherent approach to the validation of reading tests - an accessible and systematic description of procedures for collecting validity evidence based on a sound theoretical framework - a case study comparing different testing systems targeting the same CEFR level"--
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: 212

"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

Assessing Language Teachers Professional Skills and Knowledge

Assessing Language Teachers  Professional Skills and Knowledge

For a complete list of titles please visit: www.cambridge.org/elt/silt Assessing
Language Teachers' Professional Skills ... of multilingual proficiency frameworks
Neil Jones Validating Second Language Reading Examinations: Establishing the
 ...

Author: Rosemary Wilson

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107499782

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 397

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"The growth in English language teaching worldwide and the related increase in teacher training programmes of all kinds highlight the need for greater accountability in the assessment of teachers. The need for formal summative assessment has taken on greater importance in training programmes and requires procedures which do not always sit easily with the development process, while transparency of assessment procedures is also increasingly demanded by the candidates themselves. This edited volume discusses key issues in assessing language teachers' professional skills and knowledge and provides case study illustrations of how teacher knowledge and teaching skills are assessed at pre-service and in-service levels within the framework of the Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications. The volume provides: - discussion of ways in which the changing nature of English language teaching has impacted on teacher education and assessment - examples of specific assessment procedures for both teaching knowledge and practical classroom skills - accounts of the ways in which the Cambridge English Teaching Qualifications have been integrated into and adapted for local contexts. This is the first volume of its kind wholly dedicated to language teacher assessment and as such will be of interest to language teachers and teacher educators as well as to researchers and postgraduate students"--
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Examining Young Learners Research and Practice in Assessing the English of School age Learners

Examining Young Learners  Research and Practice in Assessing the English of School age Learners

... Writing: Research and practice in assessing second language writing Stuart D.
Shaw and Cyril J. Weir Multilingualism ... multilingual proficiency frameworks Neil
Jones Validating Second Language Reading Examinations: Establishing the ...

Author: Nick Saville

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316638200

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 350

View: 642

An account of how children learn L2s in formal contexts and how that knowledge impacts on the design, development, and evaluation of their language assessment products.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Learning Oriented Assessment

Learning Oriented Assessment

Also in this series: European Language Testing in a Global Context: Proceedings
of the ALTE Barcelona Conference ... of multilingual proficiency frameworks Neil
Jones Validating Second Language Reading Examinations: Establishing the ...

Author: Neil Jones

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781316507889

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 400

View: 644

This volume outlines the general principles of Learning Oriented Assessment (LOA), placing it in the context of European language learning policy. The authors pose three key questions central to LOA: 'What is learning?' , 'What is to be learned?' and 'What is to be assessed?'. It focuses on the use of evidence, and how it can be collected and used to feed back into learning, overviews large-scale assessment as practised by Cambridge English and learning-oriented classroom assessment practices, and concludes with a look at implementing LOA in practice. With fresh insights into the role of assessment in supporting learning, this volume will be of considerable interest to assessment practitioners, teachers and academics, educational policy-makers and examination board personnel.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia

A New Paradigm Bridging Global and Local Contexts Lily I-Wen Su, Cyril J. Weir,
Jessica R. W. Wu. Vidaković, & E. D. Galaczi (Eds.), ... Wu, R. Y. F. (2014).
Validating second language reading examinations: Establishing the validity of ...

Author: Lily I-Wen Su

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351254007

Category: Education

Page: 230

View: 579

As the demand for English language education grows in Asia, there has been a parallel growth in the development and implementation of standardized tests at the local level. Offering much-needed context on locally produced tests in Asia, contributors examine emerging models for English language assessment and the impact these large-scale tests have on the teaching and learning of English. Chapters address the following well-known and developing high-stakes tests in different regions across Asia: the GEPT, the TEPS, the VSTEP, the CET, the EIKEN and TEAP, and the ELPA. Brought together by world-renowned testing assessment scholar Cyril Weir and the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC), one of Asia’s leading testing institutions based in Taiwan, this volume is a useful reference for evaluating, developing, and validating local tests of English and their societal impact. Comprehensive and research-based, chapters cover historic backgrounds, sociocultural contexts, test quality, international standing, and future considerations. Ideal for graduate students, researchers, and scholars in language assessment, TESOL/TEFL, and applied linguistics, this book will also be of interest to language teaching professionals, language test developers, and graduate students in Asian studies and international education, intercultural communication, and intercultural studies.
Categories: Education

Examining Reading

Examining Reading

"This volume develops a theoretical framework for validating tests of second language reading ability.

Author: Hanan Khalifa

Publisher: Ernst Klett Sprachen

ISBN: 3125333679

Category: English language

Page: 342

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"This volume develops a theoretical framework for validating tests of second language reading ability. The framework is then applied through an examination of tasks in Cambridge ESOL reading tests from a number of different val;idity perspectives that reflect the socio-cognitive nature of any assessment event." --Back cover.
Categories: English language

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: 373

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

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: 372

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

Understanding Advanced Second Language Reading

Understanding Advanced Second Language Reading

The effects of first language orthographic features on second language reading
in text. Language Learning ... The relationship between online reading rates and
performance on proficiency tests. The Reading ... Development and validation of
a scale to measure test-wiseness in EFL-ESL reading test takers. Language ...

Author: Elizabeth B. Bernhardt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136976254

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 240

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What distinguishes this book is its broad, yet thorough, view of theory, process, and research on adult second-language reading. Offering extensive discussions of upper-register second-language texts (both expository and narrative) that adult second-language readers encounter daily across the globe, it also presents an assessment schema for second-language text comprehension as well as for the assessment of teaching. Understanding Advanced Second-Language Reading: includes languages other than English in the discussion of second language reading is firmly anchored in a theory of second language reading ─ the concept of compensatory processing emphasizes the multi-dimensionality and dynamic nature of L2 reading development focuses on comprehension of upper-register literary texts balances theory and instructional practices. Filling the need for a coherent, theoretically consistent, and research-based portrait of how literate adolescents and adults comprehend, and learn to comprehend, at greater levels of sophistication and whether that ability can be enhanced by instruction, this is a must-have resource for reading and second-language researchers, students, and teachers.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Fairness and Validation in Language Assessment

Fairness and Validation in Language Assessment

The 19th annual Language Testing Research Colloquium held in 1997 in Florida, brought this concern into focus. The papers in this volume offer an introduction to fairness and validation in the field of language assessment.

Author: Antony John Kunnan

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 0521658748

Category: Foreign Language Study

Page: 298

View: 637

Fairness of language tests and testing practices has been a concern among test developers and test users. The 19th annual Language Testing Research Colloquium held in 1997 in Florida, brought this concern into focus. The papers in this volume offer an introduction to fairness and validation in the field of language assessment.
Categories: Foreign Language Study

Investigating Growth Trajectories on English as a Second Language Listening and Reading Comprehension Tests

Investigating Growth Trajectories on English as a Second Language Listening and Reading Comprehension Tests

The first section outlines major validation studies of second and foreign language
tests . ... Following this , a description of skill - based language testing research is
provided , narrowed specifically to listening and reading comprehension tests .

Author: H. Gary Cook

Publisher:

ISBN: MSU:31293021259217

Category: Electronic dissertations

Page: 310

View: 368

Categories: Electronic dissertations

Delivering a Preparatory Course for The Cambridge Firts Certificate in English Examination by Using the Ingenio E Learning Platform

Delivering a Preparatory Course for The Cambridge Firts Certificate in English Examination by Using the Ingenio E Learning Platform

The FCE exam includes the evaluation of oral skills and their weight is practically
equivalent to that of the reading comprehension and writing sections. This fact
shows the real need of learning a second language, which fosters
communication ...

Author:

Publisher: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 22

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La publicación de este volumen representa un caso relativamente insólito. Un pequeño grupo de jóvenes investigadores de menos de treinta años convence a un grupo mucho más numeroso de la misma edad para celebrar en Salamanca la First Conference of Young Researchers on Anglophone Studies. El resultado es deslumbrante. No solo demuestran una gran capacidad organizativa, sino que los resultados individuales de las aportaciones científicas son sobresalientes. Este volumen, Current Trends in Anglophone Studies, recoge una selección revisada de las propuestas presentadas en el Encuentro y gira en torno a una estructuración tripartita clásica: estudios culturales, lingüísticos y literarios. En ella caben todos aquellos que se mueven en el campo de los estudios anglófonos. Cada uno de estos campos podría haber sido suficiente para celebrar un congreso, pero parece razonable que en este tipo de encuentros tengan cabida todos. De ese modo, este volumen se convierte en un ejemplo de aproximación interdisciplinar a los estudios anglófonos. Desde un punto de vista cuantitativo, los estudios culturales ocupan sin duda un espacio menor. Sin embargo, sobresale la variedad de temas tratados, así como la internacionalización de los autores, dentro de este apartado. Estudiantes españoles e italianos acometen estudios relacionados con la música, la pintura, el cine, la traducción, la marginalidad social o el impacto de las nuevas tecnologías en la producción artística. Si no pareciera demasiado atrevido, podría decirse que estos jóvenes estudiosos irían más allá de lo que un día ya lejano pudieron imaginar Richard Hoggard o Raymond Williams. Los estudios aquí presentados reflejan, sin duda, la evolución que la propia sociedad ha experimentado en estos últimos cincuenta años y exploran la relación entre las prácticas culturales, la vida diaria, y los contextos económicos, políticos e históricos. No es de extrañar que una gran parte de las contribuciones presentadas en este volumen se centren en el estudio de la lengua, ya que la demanda del inglés se ha incrementado de forma considerable en los últimos años. Sobresalen los análisis puramente filológicos y sobre todo los relacionados con el aprendizaje del inglés como segunda lengua. Por eso, destacan estudios que contemplan rasgos morfológicos, léxicos o sintácticos. Sin embargo, el mayor número de participaciones hace referencia al ya citado aprendizaje del inglés como L2, tanto desde el análisis de materiales, como desde la práctica oral o escrita. Las contribuciones literarias ofrecen una evaluación teórica, formal e interpretativa de distintas tendencias desde perspectivas tanto interdisciplinares como interculturales. Cronológicamente los estudios abarcan textos desde el siglo XVIII hasta nuestros días, con un acento especial en los autores más contemporáneos y en el género narrativo. En general estos estudios se fijan en textos concretos y los analizan desde perspectivas culturales, sociológicas o psicológicas. Pero abundan menos las aproximaciones desde la teoría literaria, desde la técnica narrativa o, como tal vez cabría esperar al tratarse de estudiantes tan jóvenes, desde la aplicación de las nuevas tecnologías. Por el contrario, se repiten temas como los traumas heredados de la Guerra de Vietnam, las cicatrices del 11 de septiembre o los problemas de género. En definitiva, se trata de una selección de artículos claramente prometedora, que transmite la seguridad de que el futuro de la Filología Inglesa está en buenas manos y podrá experimentar una positiva evolución en los próximos años. Por todo ello, hay que felicitar a todos los participantes individuales y, sobre todo, a los organizadores del evento, y editores de este volumen, que han demostrado una enorme capacidad de trabajo y de saber hacer.
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Second Language Instruction acquisition Abstracts

Second Language Instruction acquisition Abstracts

... s Republic of China ; 97 / 1061 computer - assisted French as a second
language reading instruction , WinCalis software application , Dutch ... 97 / 1175
reading performance factors ; tests ; US vs English as a second language South
African university students ; 97 / 1190 ... Australia ; 97 / 1095 language test sex
bias , ACTFL oral proficiency interview assessment ; 97 / 1092 language testing
validation ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000070061241

Category: Language and languages

Page:

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Categories: Language and languages

A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests

A Qualitative Approach to the Validation of Oral Language Tests

The International English Language Testing System (IELTS) is an EFL
examination, jointly managed by UCLES, the British Council, ... is 'recognized as
an entrance requirement by British, Australian, New Zealand, American, and
Canadian universities and for secondary, ... The test consists of listening, reading
, writing and speaking modules, equally weighed, with scores reported on a 9-
band scale of ...

Author: Anne Lazaraton

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9780521002677

Category: Education

Page: 223

View: 786

Language testers have generally come to recognize the limitations of traditional statistical methods for validating oral language tests. They have begun to consider more innovative approaches to test validation, approaches that promise to illuminate the assessment process itself, rather than just assessment outcomes (i.e., ratings). One such approach is conversation analysis (or CA), a rigorous empirical methodology developed by sociologists, which employs inductive methods in order to discover and describe the recurrent, systematic properties of conversation, including sequential organization, turn-taking, repair, preference structure, and topic management. CA offers a systematic approach for analysing spoken interaction from a qualitative perspective, allowing one to make observations about a stretch of talk while at the same time interacting with it. This book provides language testers with a background in the conversation analytic framework and a fuller understanding of what is entailed in using conversation analysis in the context of oral language test validation.
Categories: Education

The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning

The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning

The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning presents a comprehensive exploration of the impact of technology on the field of second language learning.

Author: Carol A. Chapelle

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781119108474

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 520

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The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning presents a comprehensive exploration of the impact of technology on the field of second language learning. The rapidly evolving language-technology interface has propelled dramatic changes in, and increased opportunities for, second language teaching and learning. Its influence has been felt no less keenly in the approaches and methods of assessing learners' language and researching language teaching and learning. Contributions from a team of international scholars make up the Handbook consisting of four parts: language teaching and learning through technology; the technology-pedagogy interface; technology for L2 assessment; and research and development of technology for language learning. It considers how technology assists in all areas of language development, the emergence of pedagogy at the intersection of language and technology, technology in language assessment, and major research issues in research and development of technologies for language learning. It covers all aspects of language including grammar, vocabulary, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pragmatics, and intercultural learning, as well as new pedagogical and assessment approaches, and new ways of conceiving and conducting research and development. The Handbook of Technology and Second Language Teaching and Learning demonstrates the extensive, multifaceted implications of technology for language teachers, learners, materials-developers, and researchers.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

Linguistics and Language Behavior Abstracts

... of Second Language Reading ; LL11143 A Needs Assessment Interview : The
Professional Development Needs of Non ... LL02677 Recommending a Nursing -
Specific Passing Standard for the IELTS Examination ; LL02688 Validating ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015079593441

Category: Language and languages

Page:

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Categories: Language and languages

Handbook of Second Language Assessment

Handbook of Second Language Assessment

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.

Author: Dina Tsagari

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG

ISBN: 9781501500862

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 460

View: 802

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

English Language Learning and Technology

English Language Learning and Technology

For example, computer-assisted reading tests provide opportunities for
constructing tasks which require learners to ... basic work on second language
electronic literacies from the perspective of construct validation in assessment
would help to ...

Author: Carol A. Chapelle

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9789027295958

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 213

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This book explores implications for applied linguistics of recent developments in technologies used in second language teaching and assessment, language analysis, and language use. Focusing primarily on English language learning, the book identifies significant areas of interplay between technology and applied linguistics, and it explores current perspectives on perennial questions such as how theory and research on second language acquisition can help to inform technology-based language learning practices, how the multifaceted learning accomplished through technology can be evaluated, and how theoretical perspectives can offer insight on data obtained from research on interaction with and through technology. The book illustrates how the interplay between technology and applied linguistics can amplify and expand applied linguists’ understanding of fundamental issues in the field. Through discussion of computer-assisted approaches for investigating second language learning tasks and assessment, it illustrates how technology can be used as a tool for applied linguistics research.
Categories: Language Arts & Disciplines

Die Neueren Sprachen

Die Neueren Sprachen

( 1993 ) : Test Theory for a New Generation of Tests . Hillsdale , NJ : Erlbaum .
Freedle , R . / Kostin , I . ( 1993 ) : “ The prediction of TOEFL reading item difficulty
: implications for construct validation . " Language Testing 10 , 133 – 170 .
Gerhold ...

Author: Wilhelm Viëtor

Publisher:

ISBN: IND:30000046877969

Category: Languages, Modern

Page:

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Vols. 1-5 include a separately paged section "Phonetische Studien. Beiblatt."
Categories: Languages, Modern