1st Edition

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia A New Paradigm Bridging Global and Local Contexts

Edited By Lily I-Wen Su, Cyril J. Weir, Jessica R. W. Wu Copyright 2020
    262 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    262 Pages 11 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    As the demand for English language education grows in Asia, there has been a parallel growth in the development and implementation of standardized tests at the local level. Offering much-needed context on locally produced tests in Asia, contributors examine emerging models for English language assessment and the impact these large-scale tests have on the teaching and learning of English. Chapters address the following well-known and developing high-stakes tests in different regions across Asia: the GEPT, the TEPS, the VSTEP, the CET, the EIKEN and TEAP, and the ELPA.

    Brought together by world-renowned testing assessment scholar Cyril Weir and the Language Training and Testing Center (LTTC), one of Asia’s leading testing institutions based in Taiwan, this volume is a useful reference for evaluating, developing, and validating local tests of English and their societal impact. Comprehensive and research-based, chapters cover historic backgrounds, sociocultural contexts, test quality, international standing, and future considerations.

    Ideal for graduate students, researchers, and scholars in language assessment, TESOL/TEFL, and applied linguistics, this book will also be of interest to language teaching professionals, language test developers, and graduate students in Asian studies and international education, intercultural communication, and intercultural studies.

    Editor’s Note

    Lily I-Wen Su

    Foreword: Localization

    Barry O’Sullivan

    List of Contributors
    1 Introduction

    Jessica R. W. Wu

    2 The General English Proficiency Test in Taiwan: Past, Present, and Future

    Rachel Yi-fen Wu

    3 TEPS and Its Family of Tests

    Yong-Won Lee, Heesung Jun, and Ja Young Kim

    4 Vietnamese Standardized Test of English Proficiency—A Panorama

    Nguyen Thi Ngoc Quynh

    5 Testing Tertiary-Level English Language Learners: The College English Test in China

    Jin Yan

    6 EIKEN and TEAP: How Two Test Systems in Japan Have Responded to Different Local Needs in the Same Context

    Jamie Dunlea, Todd Fouts, Dan Joyce, and Keita Nakamura

    7 The English Language Proficiency Assessment for the Malaysian Public Service

    Kadeessa Abdul-Kadir

    8 Global, Local or "Glocal": Alternative Pathways in English Language Test Provision

    Cyril J. Weir


    Lily I-Wen Su is a distinguished professor of the Graduate Institute of Linguistics at National Taiwan University and Executive Director of the LTTC, a non-profit educational foundation in Taiwan.

    Cyril J. Weir (1950–2018) was Professor and Powdrill Chair in English Language Acquisition in CRELLA at the University of Bedfordshire, UK, and a Visiting Professor at the University of Reading, UK.

    Jessica R. W. Wu holds a PhD in Language Testing and is the R&D Program Director at the LTTC.

    "A milestone for English language testing in Asia, this edited volume will give readers new appreciation for the level of professional expertise in language assessment to be found across the continent. It captures a variety of dynamic developments that are shaping tests and frameworks that serve local needs and reflect local cultural contexts. The book signals new ways of thinking about the assessment of learners’ language skills in the region, under local control, but supported by efficient infrastructures and research of international quality."

    —Anthony Green, University of Bedfordshire, UK