English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia: A New Paradigm Bridging Global and Local Contexts, 1st Edition (Paperback) book cover

English Language Proficiency Testing in Asia

A New Paradigm Bridging Global and Local Contexts, 1st Edition

Edited by Lily I-wen Su, Cyril Weir, Jessica R. W. Wu


256 pages | 11 B/W Illus.

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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 across Asia, contributors examine emerging models for English language assessment and the impact these large-scale tests have on the teaching and learning of English in the region. Chapters address the following well-known and developing high-stakes tests: the GEPT in Taiwan, the TEPS in South Korea, the VSTEP in Vietnam, the CET in China, the EIKEN and TEAP in Japan, and the ELPA in Malaysia.

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. Comprehensively 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, it 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.

Table of Contents

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

About the Editors

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

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Testing & Measurement
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General