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Exploring Language Assessment and Testing

Language in Action

By Anthony Green

Routledge – 2014 – 272 pages

Series: Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics

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Description

Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.

The books take 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. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing is a straightforward introduction to the field that provides an inclusive and impartial survey of both classroom based assessment by teachers and larger scale testing, using concrete examples to guide students to the relevant literature.

Ranging from theory to classroom based scenarios, the author provides practical guidance on designing, developing and using assessments, with flexible, step by step processes for improving the quality of tests and assessment systems to make them fairer and more accurate.

This book is an indispensable introduction to the areas of language assessment and testing, and will be of interest to language teachers as well as postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students studying Language Education, Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment.

Reviews

‘An especially clear, practical introductory textbook for Masters students in language education and practicing language educators, focusing usefully on common assessment issues in pedagogy, defining succinctly fundamental concepts, and accounting cogently for current theories and recent research.’

Alister Cumming, University of Toronto, Canada

Contents

1. Putting Language Assessment in Its Place 2. Purposes for Assessment 3. The Practice of Language Assessment 4. The Qualities of Effective Assessment Systems 5. Assessing Receptive Skills 6. Assessing Productive and Interactive Skills 7. Multiplication and Division: Trends in Language Assessment

Author Bio

Anthony Green is Reader in Language Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire. His other publications include IELTS Washback in Context (2007)and Language Functions Revisited (2012). He has taught courses in Language Assessment around the world and has extensive practical experience of testing and assessment - including working as a test researcher, developer, item writer and as a language teacher.

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