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2nd Edition

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing
Language in Action

ISBN 9781138388789
Published December 30, 2020 by Routledge
306 Pages 21 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics series takes 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.

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing offers a straightforward and accessible introduction that starts from real-world experiences and uses practical examples to introduce the reader to the academic field of language assessment and testing.

Extensively updated, with additional features such as reader tasks (with extensive commentaries from the author), a glossary of key terms and an annotated further reading section, this second edition provides coverage of recent theoretical and technological developments and explores specific purposes for assessment. Including concrete models and examples to guide readers into the relevant literature, this book also offers practical guidance for educators and researchers on designing, developing and using assessments.

Providing an inclusive and impartial survey of both classroom-based assessment by teachers and larger-scale testing, this is an indispensable introduction for postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students studying Language Education, Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

List of Tables



Series Editors’ Introduction

Part I

1 Putting Language Assessment in Its Place

2 Purposes for Assessment

3 The Practice of Language Assessment

4 The Qualities of Effective Assessment Systems

Part II

5 Assessing Receptive Skills

6 Assessing Productive and Interactive Skills

Part III

7 Multiplication and Division: Trends in Language Assessment

8 Commentary on Tasks


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Anthony Green is Professor in Language Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire, UK. 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 language teacher.


'This is a well-informed practical introduction to assessment, written by an expert, for postgraduate students in language education and applied language studies. It covers the fundamental conceptual and technical issues in accessible language. The carefully designed presentation and organization of the contents have made this revised edition an excellent teaching and learning resource.'

Constant Leung, King's College London, UK

Praise for the first edition:

'...Green's book has raised my awareness of assessment cycle stages beyond my classroom-wall horizons. Whatever your position in the field of language assessment, I am sure you will find here plenty of relevant, eye-opening, practice-oriented leads that are well worth following up.'

Simon Andrewes, Modern English Teacher

‘With an eye toward promoting assessment literacy, Green has written in a way that is easy to understand as well as intellectually engaging. ... Without a doubt, the novice reader will find the material informative and useful.'

Erik Voss, Teachers College, Columbia University Working Papers in TESOL & Applied Linguistics