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Measuring Second Language Performance
Acknowledgements 1. Introductions 2. Second language performance assessment 3. Modelling performance: opening Pandora's Box 4. Designing a performance test: the Occupational English Test 5. RatersExpand
Language testing: The social dimension
In this book, the authors foreground an aspect of language testing that is usually not much discussed and is frequently considered an “advanced” topic: the social dimension of language testing. TheyExpand
Assessed Levels of Second Language Speaking Proficiency: How Distinct?
The study reported in this paper is an investigation of the nature of speaking proficiency in English as a second language in the context of a larger project to develop a rating scale for a newExpand
Rater characteristics and rater bias: implications for training
Recent developments in multifaceted Rasch measurement (Linacre, 1989) have made possible new kinds of investigation of aspects (or 'facets') of performance assessments. Relevant characteristics ofExpand
AN EXAMINATION OF RATER ORIENTATIONS AND TEST-TAKER PERFORMANCE ON ENGLISH-FOR-ACADEMIC-PURPOSES SPEAKING TASKS
This report documents two coordinated exploratory studies into the nature of oral English-for-academic-purposes (EAP) proficiency. Study I used verbal-report methodology to examine field experts'Expand
‘Interaction’ in second language performance assessment: Whose performance?1
Discussions of interaction in second language performance assessment have generally been loosely psychological in orientation, forming part of attempts to model the nature of communicative abilityExpand
Can We Predict Task Difficulty in an Oral Proficiency Test? Exploring the Potential of an Information‐Processing Approach to Task Design
This study addresses the following question: Are different task characteristics and performance conditions (involving assumed different levels of cognitive demand) associated with different levels ofExpand
Language assessment as social practice: challenges for research
In this article I argue that a growing awareness of the fundamentally social character of language assessment challenges us to rethink our priorities and responsibilities in language testingExpand
What Do We Mean by Social Identity? Competing Frameworks, Competing Discourses
The TESOL Quarterly invites commentary on current trends or practices in the TESOL profession. It also welcomes responses or rebuttals to any articles or remarks published here in The Forum orExpand
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