Ethics and Context in Second Language Testing Rethinking Validity in Theory and Practice
This innovative, timely text introduces the theory and research of critical approaches to language assessment, foregrounding ethical and socially contextualized concerns in language testing and language test validation in today’s globalized world.
The editors bring together diverse perspectives, qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and empirical work on this subject that speak to concerns about social justice and equity in language education, from languages and contexts around the world – offering an overview of key concepts and theoretical issues and field-advancing suggestions for research projects.
This book offers a fresh perspective on language testing that will be an invaluable resource for advanced students and researchers of applied linguistics, sociolinguistics, language policy, education, and related fields – as well as language program administrators.
List of contributors
PART I THE ETHICAL CONTEXTUALIZATION OF VALIDITY
Chapter 1: Contexts, constructs, and ethics
M. Rafael Salaberry & Albert Weideman
Chapter 2: Validity and validation: An alternative perspective
Albert Weideman & Bart Deygers
PART II AGENCY AND EMPOWERMENT PROMPTED BY TEST ADEQUACY
Chapter 3: The Racializing Power of Language Assessments
Chapter 4: "It’s not their English": Contesting the validity of a high-stakes test
Gordon Blaine West & Bala Thiruchelvam
Chapter 5: The ethical potential of L2 portfolio assessment: A critical perspective review
PART III SOCIOINTERACTIONAL PERSPECTIVES ON ASSESSMENT
Chapter 6: Portfolio Assessment: Facilitating language learning in the wild
Elisa Räsänen & Piibi-Kai Kivik
Chapter 7: The role of an inscribed object in a German classroom-based paired speaking assessment: Does the topic card elicit the targeted speaking and interactional competencies?
Chapter 8: L1-L2 speaker interaction: Affordances for assessing repair practices
Katharina Kley, Silvia Kunitz & Meng Yeh
Chapter 9: Yardsticks for the future of language assessment: Disclosing the meaning of measurement