Local Language Testing Book

Local Language Testing

  • Author : Slobodanka Dimova
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-02-20
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 228
  • ISBN 10 : 9780429960321

Local Language Testing Excerpt :

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. Covering both theory and practice, the 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: the ability of local tests 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 and providing practical examples of local language tests, illustrating how they can be designed to effectively function within and across different institutional contexts; examples of how local language tests and assessments are developed for use within a specific context and how they serve a variety of purposes (e.g., entry-level proficiency testing, placement testing, international teaching assistant testing, writing assessment, and program evaluation). Aimed at language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation, this is a timely book in that it focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters and 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.

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia Book

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia

  • Author : Lily I-Wen Su
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-12-09
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 230
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351254007

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia Excerpt :

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.

Understanding Language Testing Book

Understanding Language Testing

  • Author : Dan Douglas
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-03-18
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 176
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444166422

Understanding Language Testing Excerpt :

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.

The Politics of English Second Language Writing Assessment in Global Contexts Book

The Politics of English Second Language Writing Assessment in Global Contexts

  • Author : Todd Ruecker
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2018-04-17
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351603027

The Politics of English Second Language Writing Assessment in Global Contexts Excerpt :

Reflecting the internationalization of the field of second language writing, this book focuses on political aspects and pedagogical issues of writing instruction and testing in a global context. High-stakes assessment impacts the lives of second language (L2) writers and their teachers around the world, be it the College English Test in China, Common Core-aligned assessments in the U.S., English proficiency tests in Poland, or the material conditions (such as access to technology, training, and other resources) affecting a classroom. With contributions from authors working in ten different countries in a variety of institutional contexts, the chapters examine the uses and abuses of various writing-related assessments, and the policies that determine their form and use. Representing a diverse range of contexts, methods, and disciplines, the authors jointly call for more equitable testing systems that consider the socioeconomic, psychometric, affective, institutional, and needs of all students who strive to gain access to education and employment opportunities related to English language proficiency.

The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing Book

The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing

  • Author : Glenn Fulcher
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-10-15
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 536
  • ISBN 10 : 9781136590863

The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing Excerpt :

Winner of the SAGE/ILTA Book Award 2016 The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing will provide a comprehensive account of the area of language assessment and testing. Written by leading specialists from around the world, this volume brings together approximately 35 authoritative articles (around 8000 words each). The proposed outline for the Handbook (below) is divided into ten sections. The section titles reflect the contents of their Language Testing and Assessment –textbook in our RAL series and sketch a useful overview of the discipline. Each chapter has been carefully selected to relate to key issues raised in the respective topic, providing additional historical background, critical discussion, reviews of key research methods, and an assessment of what the future might hold.

Assessing Young Learners of English  Global and Local Perspectives Book

Assessing Young Learners of English Global and Local Perspectives

  • Author : Marianne Nikolov
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2015-10-29
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 338
  • ISBN 10 : 9783319224220

Assessing Young Learners of English Global and Local Perspectives Excerpt :

This volume documents international, national, and small-scale testing and assessment projects of English language education for young learners, across a range of educational contexts. It covers three main areas: age-appropriate ‘can do statements’ and task types for teaching and testing learners between the ages of 6 to 13; innovative approaches to self-assessment, diagnostic testing, self- perception, and computer-based testing; and findings on how young learners perform on vocabulary, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and reading comprehension tests in European and Asian contexts. Early language learning has become a major trend in English language education around the globe. As a result of the spread of teaching English to a growing number of young children, assessment of and for learning have emerged as key issues. In line with this development, there is a clear and emerging need to make early language programs accountable and to assess both the progress children make over time and to quantify their achievement at various stages of development. This volume informs stakeholders about the realistic goals of early language learning, their efficiency, and how much progress children make over time.

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing Book

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing

  • Author : Paula Winke
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-12-28
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 518
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351034777

The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing Excerpt :

This Handbook, with 45 chapters written by the world’s leading scholars in second language acquisition (SLA) and language testing, dives into the important interface between SLA and language testing: shared ground where researchers seek to measure second language performance to better understand how people learn their second languages. The Handbook also reviews how to best measure and evaluate the second language (L2) learners’ personal characteristics, backgrounds, and learning contexts to better understand their L2 learning trajectories. Taking a transdisciplinary approach to research, the book builds upon recent theorizing and measurement principles from the fields of applied linguistics, cognitive science, psychology, psycholinguistics, psychometrics, educational measurement, and social psychology. The Handbook is divided into six key sections: (1) Assessment concepts for SLA researchers, (2) Building instruments for SLA research, (3) Measuring individual differences, (4) Measuring language development, (5) Testing specific populations, and (6) Measurement principles for SLA researchers.

Language Testing Reconsidered Book

Language Testing Reconsidered

  • Author : Janna Fox
  • Publisher : University of Ottawa Press
  • Release Date : 2007-06-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780776618067

Language Testing Reconsidered Excerpt :

Language Testing Reconsidered provides a critical update on major issues that have engaged the field of language testing since its inception. Anyone who is working in, studying or teaching language testing should have a copy of this book. The information, discussions, and reflections offered within the volume address major developments within the field over the past decades, enlivened by current "takes" on these issues. The real value of this collection, however, lies in its consideration of the past as a means of defining the future agenda of language testing.

Assessing English for Professional Purposes Book

Assessing English for Professional Purposes

  • Author : Ute Knoch
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-09-10
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000651935

Assessing English for Professional Purposes Excerpt :

Assessing English for Professional Purposes provides a state-of-the-art account of the various kinds of language assessments used to determine people’s abilities to function linguistically in the workplace. At a time when professional expertise is increasingly mobile and diverse, with highly trained professionals migrating across national boundaries to apply their skills in English-speaking settings, this book offers a renewed agenda for inquiry into language assessments for professional purposes (LAPP). Many of these experts work in high-risk environments where communication breakdowns can have serious consequences. This risk has been identified by governments and professional bodies, who implement language tests for gate-keeping purposes. Through a sociological lens of risk and responsibility, this book: provides a detailed overview of both foundational and recent literature in the field; offers conceptual tools for specific purpose assessment, including a socially oriented theory of construct; develops theory and practice in key areas, such as needs analysis, test development, validation and policy; significantly broadens the scope of the assessment of English for professional purposes to include a range of assessment practices for both professionals and laypeople in professional settings. Assessing English for Professional Purposes is key reading for researchers, graduate students and practitioners working in the area of English for Specific Purposes assessment.

Criterion Referenced Language Testing Book

Criterion Referenced Language Testing

  • Author : James Dean Brown
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2002-05-20
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521000833

Criterion Referenced Language Testing Excerpt :

Criterion-referenced Language Testing looks at the practical applications of this new area of language testing.

Challenges in Language Testing Around the World Book

Challenges in Language Testing Around the World

  • Author : Betty Lanteigne
  • Publisher : Springer Nature
  • Release Date : 2021-02-17
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 553
  • ISBN 10 : 9789813342323

Challenges in Language Testing Around the World Excerpt :

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.

Validity Argument in Language Testing Book

Validity Argument in Language Testing

  • Author : Carol A. Chapelle
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2021-01-21
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 320
  • ISBN 10 : 9781108484022

Validity Argument in Language Testing Excerpt :

With examples of validation studies, this book demonstrates how to design research investigating the validity of language tests.

Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice Book

Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice

  • Author : Vahid Aryadoust
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2016-02-29
  • Genre: Language and languages
  • Pages : 632
  • ISBN 10 : 9781443889797

Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice Excerpt :

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.

Assessing English on the Global Stage Book

Assessing English on the Global Stage

  • Author : Cyril J. Weir
  • Publisher : Equinox Publishing (Indonesia)
  • Release Date : 2017
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 400
  • ISBN 10 : 1781794928

Assessing English on the Global Stage Excerpt :

This book tells the story of the British Council's seventy-five year involvement in the field of English language testing. The first section of the book explores the role of the British Council in spreading British influence around the world through the export of British English language examinations and British expertise in language testing. Founded in 1934, the organisation formally entered the world of English language testing with the signing of an agreement with the University of Cambridge Local Examination Syndicate (UCLES) in 1941. This agreement, which was to last until 1993, saw the British Council provide substantial English as a Foreign Language (EFL) expertise and technical and financial assistance to help UCLES develop their suite of English language tests. Perhaps the high points of this phase were the British Council inspired Cambridge Diploma of English Studies introduced in the 1940s and the central role played by the British Council in the conceptualisation and development of the highly innovative English Language Testing Service (ELTS) in the 1970s, the precursor to the present day International English Language Testing System (IELTS). British Council support for the development of indigenous national English language tests around the world over the last thirty years further enhanced the promotion of English and the creation of soft power for Britain. In the early 1990s the focus of the British Council changed from test development to delivery of British examinations through its global network. However, by the early years of the 21st century, the organisation was actively considering a return to test development, a strategy that was realised with the founding of the Assessment Research Group in early 2012. This was followed later that year by the introduction of the Aptis English language testing service; the first major test developed in-house for over thirty years. As well as setting the stage for the re-emergence of professional expertise in la



  • Author : Tim McNamara
  • Publisher : Oxford University Press
  • Release Date : 2019-02-21
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 224
  • ISBN 10 : 9780194016940


This book has two goals, each related to the validity of language assessment. The first goal is to explore the difference between fairness and justice in language assessment. The authors distinguish internal and external dimensions of the equitable and just treatment of individuals taking language tests which are used as gatekeeping devices to determine access to education and employment, immigrant status, citizenship, and other rights. The second goal is to show how the extent of test fairness can be demonstrated and improved using the tools of psychometrics, in particular the models collectively known as Rasch measurement. “This book will have an enormous impact on the field of language assessment. Using Rasch analysis models to explore and identify sources of unfairness, the authors make a compelling case for fairness in the design and implementation of language assessment instruments and for justice in the interpretation and use of test results. A real strength of the book is that it guides readers through analytical techniques in an accessible way.” Dan Douglas, Professor Emeritus, Applied Linguistics Program, Iowa State University.