Re examining Language Testing Book

Re examining Language Testing


  • Author : Glenn Fulcher
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2015-06-12
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 234
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317443179

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Re examining Language Testing Excerpt :

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.

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

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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.

Language Testing and Assessment Book

Language Testing and Assessment


  • Author : Glenn Fulcher
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 2007
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 403
  • ISBN 10 : 0415339472

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Language Testing and Assessment Excerpt :

Introducing students to the methods and debates associated with language testing assessment, this book explores the testing of linguistic competence of children, students, asylum seekers and many others in context of the uses to which such research can be put. It also presents and comments on key readings and articles.

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing Book

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing


  • Author : Anthony Green
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-12-29
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 290
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000332056

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Exploring Language Assessment and Testing Excerpt :

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.

Investigating the Role of Test Methods in Testing Reading Comprehension Book

Investigating the Role of Test Methods in Testing Reading Comprehension


  • Author : Jufang Kong
  • Publisher : Springer
  • Release Date : 2019-03-27
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 212
  • ISBN 10 : 9789811370212

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Investigating the Role of Test Methods in Testing Reading Comprehension Excerpt :

This book explores the construct of reading comprehension by means of two main test methods. Research methods like the think aloud protocol and eye tracking are employed to tap into test-takers’ cognitive processes while engaged in input text meaning building, and in test tasks. The book is the first systematic attempt to explore test-takers’ cognitive processes through the control of test methods, and presents findings in visualized form including processing route maps and eye fixation heat maps. It offers readers essential support with “digging into” and analyzing data that has to date remained difficult to access.

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

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Validity Argument in Language Testing Excerpt :

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

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching Book

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching


  • Author : Graham Hall
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-05-12
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 592
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317384472

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The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching Excerpt :

The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching is the definitive reference volume for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students of Applied Linguistics, ELT/TESOL, and Language Teacher Education, and for ELT professionals engaged in in-service teacher development and/or undertaking academic study. Progressing from ‘broader’ contextual issues to a ‘narrower’ focus on classrooms and classroom discourse, the volume’s inter-related themes focus on: ELT in the world: contexts and goals planning and organising ELT: curriculum, resources and settings methods and methodology: perspectives and practices second language learning and learners teaching language: knowledge, skills and pedagogy understanding the language classroom. The Handbook’s 39 chapters are written by leading figures in ELT from around the world. Mindful of the diverse pedagogical, institutional and social contexts for ELT, they convincingly present the key issues, areas of debate and dispute, and likely future developments in ELT from an applied linguistics perspective. Throughout the volume, readers are encouraged to develop their own thinking and practice in contextually appropriate ways, assisted by discussion questions and suggestions for further reading that accompany every chapter. Advisory board: Guy Cook, Diane Larsen-Freeman, Amy Tsui, and Steve Walsh

Second Language Pronunciation Assessment Book

Second Language Pronunciation Assessment


  • Author : Talia Isaacs
  • Publisher : Multilingual Matters
  • Release Date : 2016-12-22
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 288
  • ISBN 10 : 9781783096862

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Second Language Pronunciation Assessment Excerpt :

This book is open access under a CC BY licence. It spans the areas of assessment, second language acquisition (SLA) and pronunciation and examines topical issues and challenges that relate to formal and informal assessments of second language (L2) speech in classroom, research and real-world contexts. It showcases insights from assessing other skills (e.g. listening and writing) and highlights perspectives from research in speech sciences, SLA, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics, including lingua franca communication, with concrete implications for pronunciation assessment. This collection will help to establish commonalities across research areas and facilitate greater consensus about key issues, terminology and best practice in L2 pronunciation research and assessment. Due to its interdisciplinary nature, this book will appeal to a mixed audience of researchers, graduate students, teacher-educators and exam board staff with varying levels of expertise in pronunciation and assessment and wide-ranging interests in applied linguistics.

Teaching and Researching Speaking Book

Teaching and Researching Speaking


  • Author : Rebecca Hughes
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-12-19
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 244
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317432982

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Teaching and Researching Speaking Excerpt :

Teaching and Researching Speaking provides an overview of the main approaches to researching spoken language and their practical application to teaching, classroom materials, and assessment. The history and current practices of teaching and researching speaking are presented through the lens of bigger theoretical issues about the object of study in linguistics, social attitudes to the spoken form, and the relationships between spoken and written language. A unique feature of the book is the way it clearly explains the nature of speaking and how it is researched and puts it into the context of a readable and holistic overview of language theory. This new edition is fully updated and revised to reflect the latest developments on classroom materials and oral assessment, as well as innovations in conversation analysis. The resources section is brought up-to-date with new media and currently available networks, online corpora, and mobile applications. This is a key resource for applied linguistics students, English language teachers, teacher trainers, and novice researchers.

Examining Speaking Book

Examining Speaking


  • Author : Lynda Taylor
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2011-08-25
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 387
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521736701

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Examining Speaking Excerpt :

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.

Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy Book

Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy


  • Author : Sahbi Hidri
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2020-05-30
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 274
  • ISBN 10 : 9781000075793

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Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy Excerpt :

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.

Bridging Teaching  Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom Book

Bridging Teaching Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom


  • Author : Tijen Akşit
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2018-11-12
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 162
  • ISBN 10 : 9781527521438

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Bridging Teaching Learning and Assessment in the English Language Classroom Excerpt :

Learning English as a foreign language in any formal education context requires opportunities for learners and teachers to give and receive feedback on the teaching learning process as it is happening. These opportunities could be created via various in-class activities specifically designed for this purpose. Teachers who create and use these diagnostic opportunities effectively detect what learners need in a timely fashion, and provide remedial teaching in the right time and mode, so that chances can be created for learners to improve their learning. There is no one universally accepted way of how to do this, however, with various approaches for collecting, analyzing and reviewing data for this purpose. This book encapsulates the unbreakable relationship between teaching, learning and assessment through a range of articles which scrutinize assessment from a wide spectrum, ranging from the role of assessment in language learning to ELT teacher assessment literacy, from the use of technology in classroom-based assessment to practicing teachers’ reflections on their teacher classroom action research, and from the role of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to empirical data analysis.

Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning Book
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Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning


  • Author : Eli Hinkel
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2016-11-18
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 514
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317508359

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Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning Excerpt :

Volume III of the Handbook of Research in Second Language Teaching and Learning, like Volumes I and II, is a comprehensive, state-of-the-art overview of current research into social contexts of second language (L2)/foreign language (FL) teaching and learning; language policy; curriculum; types of instruction; incremental language skills such as listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar; international communication; pragmatics; assessment and testing. It differs from earlier volumes in its main purpose—to provide a more in-depth discussion and detailed focus on the development of the essential language skills required for any type of communication: speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary, grammar, and writing. Volume III preserves continuity with previous volumes in its coverage of all the classical areas of research in L2/FL teaching and learning and applied linguistics, but rather than offering a historical review of disciplinary traditions, it explores innovations and new directions of research, acknowledges the enormous complexity of teaching and learning the essential language abilities, and offers a diversity of perspectives. Chapter authors are all leading authorities in their disciplinary areas. What’s new in Volume III? Updates the prominent areas of research, including the sub-disciplines addressed in Volumes I and II, and represents the disciplinary mainstays Considers and discusses perspectives held by different schools of thought on the what, the how, and the why of teaching foundational language skills, including theories, pedagogical principles, and their implementation in practice Captures new and ongoing developments and trends in the key areas of L2/FL teaching and learning, and innovative research topics that have gained substantial recognition in current publications, including the role of corpora, technology, and digital literacy in L2/FL teaching and learning Examines new trends in language pedagogy and research, such a

Optimizing Higher Education Learning Through Activities and Assessments Book

Optimizing Higher Education Learning Through Activities and Assessments


  • Author : Inoue-Smith, Yukiko
  • Publisher : IGI Global
  • Release Date : 2020-06-26
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 407
  • ISBN 10 : 9781799840374

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Optimizing Higher Education Learning Through Activities and Assessments Excerpt :

The mission of higher education in the 21st century must focus on optimizing learning for all students. In a shift from prioritizing effective teaching to active learning, it is understood that computer-enhanced environments provide a variety of ways to reach a wide range of learners who have differing backgrounds, ages, learning needs, and expectations. Integrating technology into teaching assumes greater importance to improve the learning experience. Optimizing Higher Education Learning Through Activities and Assessments is a collection of innovative research that explores the link between effective course design and student engagement and optimizes learning and assessments in technology-enhanced environments and among diverse student populations. Its focus is on providing an understanding of the essential link between practices for effective “activities” and strategies for effective “assessments,” as well as providing examples of course designs aligned with assessments, positioning college educators both as leaders and followers in the cycle of lifelong learning. While highlighting a broad range of topics including collaborative teaching, active learning, and flipped classroom methods, this book is ideally designed for educators, curriculum developers, instructional designers, administrators, researchers, academicians, and students.

Neoliberalism  Management and Religion Book

Neoliberalism Management and Religion


  • Author : Edward Wray-Bliss
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2019-03-14
  • Genre: Business & Economics
  • Pages : 124
  • ISBN 10 : 9781351628174

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Neoliberalism Management and Religion Excerpt :

The use of non-secular, religious, concepts in contemporary managerial discourse to legitimise leadership, organisation and work has been undertheorised. Concepts such as organisational soul, Spiritual Leadership, a wider deification (and demonisation) of leaders, and the mantra of individual freedom each evoke long religio-historical roots. The deployment of such terms in the present to (re)enrol people into the service of capitalism speaks both to high levels of religious belief worldwide and, more specifically, to a history of religion intersecting with public life in the US—a context pivotal in the development and dissemination of managerialism and wider neoliberal discourse. Organised around the concepts of Gods, Devils, Soul and the Individual this book will show how these concepts are being employed in current managerial, leadership and organisation discourses, critically examine the religio-historical and philosophical roots of such, and demonstrate how the religio-historical and religio-philosophical can be brought into the lexicon of critical organisational scholarship to provide a language to engage with the non-secular legitimation of capitalism and its institutions. In so doing, this book is a timely addition to organisation and management theory. It comes at a time that is witnessing a wider ‘theological turn’ in continental philosophy, mounting calls within organisation studies to ‘take religion seriously’, and an ongoing legitimation crisis of neoliberalism, one that is raising pivotal questions concerning how neoliberalism endures despite the deprivations and harms it occasions. This book is intended to be engaging and erudite, drawing upon a trans-disciplinary combination of popular and academic management texts, contemporary and classical philosophy, literature and religio-historical sources foundational in the construction of the Western subject.