Language Testing in Practice

Language Testing in Practice

Designing and Developing Useful Language Tests

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Winner of the MLA Kenneth W Mildenberger Prize

The practice of testing is related here to views on communicative language teaching and testing. The book is divided into three sections: "Conceptual Bases on Language Testing," "Designing and Constructing Useful Language Tests," and "Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Information from Language Tests."

  • ISBN: 978-0-19-437148-3
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The practice of testing is related here to views on communicative language teaching and testing. The book is divided into three sections: "Conceptual Bases on Language Testing," "Designing and Constructing Useful Language Tests," and "Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Information from Language Tests."

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The practice of testing is related here to views on communicative language teaching and testing. The book is divided into three sections: "Conceptual Bases on Language Testing," "Designing and Constructing Useful Language Tests," and "Collecting, Analyzing, and Using Information from Language Tests."

Contents

Part One Conceptual bases of test development


1 Objectives and expectations

2 Test usefulness: Qualities of language tests

3 Describing tasks: Language use in language tests

4 Describing language ability: Language use in language tests

Part Two Language test development


5 Overview of test development

6 Describing, identifying, and defining

7 Developing a plan for the evaluation of usefulness

8 Identifying, allocating, and managing resources

9 Operationalization: Developing test tasks and blueprints

10 Preparing effective instructions

11 Scoring method

12 Language test administration

Part Three Illustrative test development projects

Project 1
High-stakes selection and placement test for students entering a university writing program
Project 2
Selection / placement test for telephone company employees
Project 3
Syllabus-based diagnostic achievement test for students in an ESP program
Project 4
Exit test for students in an adult education conversation course for immigrants
Project 5
High-stakes ESP screening test for making hiring and training decisions
Project 6
Placement test for an ESL reading course
Project 7
Employment / placement / achievement test for immigrants in a government-funded vocational training ESL course
Project 8
Classroom achievement tests for an introductory German course
Project 9
Classroom achievement test for the reading component of the Korean-English two-way bilingual immersion program
Project 10
Syllabus-based EFL progress test for primary school children

References
Index

Reviews

  • 'Blends theory and practice in a volume that illuminates both.'
    - Kenneth W Mildenberger Award Committee