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

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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.

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 : 9781444166880

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

Practical Language Testing Book

Practical Language Testing


  • Author : Glenn Fulcher
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2013-11-26
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 368
  • ISBN 10 : 9781444174090

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Practical Language Testing Excerpt :

Practical Language Testing equips you with the skills, knowledge and principles necessary to understand and construct language tests. This intensely practical book gives guidelines on the design of assessments within the classroom, and provides the necessary tools to analyse and improve assessments, as well as deal with alignment to externally imposed standards. Testing is situated both within the classroom and within the larger social context, and readers are provided the knowledge necessary to make realistic and fair decisions about the use and implementation of tests. The book explains the normative role of large scale testing and provides alternatives that the reader can adapt to their own context. This fulfils the dual purpose of providing the reader with the knowledge they need to prepare learners for tests, and the practical skills for using assessment for learning. Practical Language Testing is the ideal introduction for students of applied linguistics, TESOL and modern foreign language teaching as well as practicing teachers required to design or implement language testing programmes. The book is supported by frequently updated online resources at http://languagetesting.info/ including sets of scenarios providing resources to study aviation English assessment, call centre assessment, military language assessment, and medical language assessment. The materials can be used to structure debates and seminars, with pre-reading and video activities. Practical Language Testing was commended as a 2012 runner-up of the prestigious SAGE/ILTA Award for Best Book on Language Testing.

Language Testing Reconsidered Book

Language Testing Reconsidered


  • Author : Janna D. Fox
  • Publisher : University of Ottawa Press
  • Release Date : 2007-06-01
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 192
  • ISBN 10 : 9780776616315

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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.

Understanding and Developing Language Tests Book

Understanding and Developing Language Tests


  • Author : Cyril J. Weir
  • Publisher : Unknown
  • Release Date : 1993
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 203
  • ISBN 10 : 013947532X

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Understanding and Developing Language Tests Excerpt :

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

Language Testing Book

Language Testing


  • Author : Tim McNamara
  • Publisher : John Wiley & Sons
  • Release Date : 2006-11-10
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 312
  • ISBN 10 : 9781405155434

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Language Testing Excerpt :

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.

Language Assessment Literacy Book

Language Assessment Literacy


  • Author : Dina Tsagari
  • Publisher : Cambridge Scholars Publishing
  • Release Date : 2020-04-21
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 332
  • ISBN 10 : 9781527549784

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Language Assessment Literacy Excerpt :

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.

The Power of Tests Book

The Power of Tests


  • Author : Elana Shohamy
  • Publisher : Routledge
  • Release Date : 2014-09-25
  • Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Pages : 208
  • ISBN 10 : 9781317875482

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The Power of Tests Excerpt :

Language in Social Life is a major series which highlights the importance of language to an understanding of issues of social and professional concern. It will be of practical relevance to all those wanting to understand how the ways we communicate both influence and are influenced by the structures and forces of contemporary social institutions. In all modern societies individuals are subject to tests, whether to enter educational programs, to pass from one level to the next or to grant certificates to practice. Yet, tests are powerful tools which are often introduced in undemocratic and unethical ways as disciplinary tools for carrying out various policy agendas. Tests can be detrimental to people's lives as they are capable of affecting and defining the knowledge and behaviour of those who are being tested. The Power of Tests applies a critical perspective of language tests by examining their uses and consequences in education and society and by viewing tests not as isolated events but rather as embedded in social, educational and political contexts. The book is divided into four parts: the first part establishes the power of tests through echoing the voices of test takers, describing the features of the power of tests, and the temptations that tests offer to bureaucrats who use them for power and control. The second part reports on studies that provide empirical evidence about intentions and effects of a number of large scale language tests. The third part interprets the results by examining their consequences on education and society, arriving at a model of tests' use. The final section of the book offers strategies for controlling and minimising the misuses of tests by introducing the notion of Critical Language Testing which calls for the examination of the consequences and misuses of tests, monitoring of power and pointing to their unethical uses. It also provides a comprehensive discussion of the responsibilities of language testers, including a new Code of

Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes Book
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Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes


  • Author : Dan Douglas
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2000
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 311
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521584951

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Assessing Languages for Specific Purposes Excerpt :

Testing language for specific purposes (LSP) refers to that branch of language testing in which the test content and test methods are derived from an analysis of a specific language use situation, such as Spanish for business, Japanese for tour guides, Italian for language teachers, or English for air traffic control. LSP tests are usually contrasted with general purpose language tests, in which purpose is more broadly defined, as in the Test of English as a Foreign Language. This book is the first to examine the issues surrounding the implementation of tests for specific purposes. It includes an in-depth discussion of the issues, an examination of the current exams, and a comprehensive overview of the literature. It will be a welcome addition to any language teaching professionals library.

European Language Testing in a Global Context Book

European Language Testing in a Global Context


  • Author : Michael Milanovic
  • Publisher : Cambridge University Press
  • Release Date : 2004-04-19
  • Genre: Foreign Language Study
  • Pages : 304
  • ISBN 10 : 9780521535878

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European Language Testing in a Global Context Excerpt :

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

Understanding Language Classroom Contexts Book

Understanding Language Classroom Contexts


  • Author : Martin Wedell
  • Publisher : Bloomsbury Publishing
  • Release Date : 2013-04-11
  • Genre: Education
  • Pages : 248
  • ISBN 10 : 9781441102454

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Understanding Language Classroom Contexts Excerpt :

Arguably the whole point of education is to effect change in what people know and are able to do. Globalization has contributed to a common perception worldwide of the need to introduce changes to the teaching and learning of languages. The success of many attempts to do so has been limited by insufficient consideration of implementation contexts. Understanding Language Classroom Contexts explores and illustrates how what happens in any (language) classroom is influenced by (and can be an influence on) the contexts in which it is situated. A clear understanding of these influences is thus the starting point for planning effective change. The book considers many visible and invisible features of the multiple layers of any context, and provides a framework for understanding the types of factors that may influence whether changes (planned by a teacher or externally initiated) are likely to be successful. The book will help teachers (and educational managers or change planners outside the classroom) to understand why their classrooms are as they are and so to make informed decisions about what can or cannot (or not easily) be changed, and suggests how any changes might be appropriately managed.