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Language Testing and Assessment An Advanced Resource Book

By Glenn Fulcher, Fred Davidson Copyright 2007
    424 Pages
    by Routledge

    424 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Routledge Applied Linguistics is a series of comprehensive textbooks, providing students and researchers with the support they need for advanced study in the core areas of English language and Applied Linguistics.

    Each book in the series guides readers through three main sections, enabling them to explore and develop major themes within the discipline.

    • Section A, Introduction, establishes the key terms and concepts and extends readers’ techniques of analysis through practical application.
    • Section B, Extension, brings together influential articles, sets them in context, and discusses their contribution to the field.
    • Section C, Exploration, builds on knowledge gained in the first two sections, setting thoughtful tasks around further illustrative material. This enables readers to engage more actively with the subject matter and encourages them to develop their own research responses.

    Throughout the book, topics are revisited, extended, interwoven and deconstructed, with the reader’s understanding strengthened by tasks and follow-up questions.

    Language Testing and Assessment:

    • introduces students to the key methods and debates surrounding language testing and assessment
    • explores the testing of linguistic competence of children, students, asylum seekers and many others in context of the uses to which such research can be put
    • presents influential and seminal readings in testing and assessment by names such as Michael Canale and Merrill Swain, Michael Kane, Alan Davies, Lee Cronbach and Paul Meehl, and Pamela Moss.

    The accompanying website to this book can be found at http://cw.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415339476/ 

    Section A: Introduction  A1. Introducing Validity  A2. Classroom Assessment  A3. Constructs and Models  A4. Test Specifications and Designs  A5. Writing Items and Tasks  A6. Prototypes, Prototyping and Field Tests  A7. Scoring Language Tests and Assessments  A8. Administration and Training  A9. Fairness, Ethics and Standards  A10. Arguments and Evidence in Test Validation and Use  Section B: Expansion  B1. Construct Validity  B2. Pedagogic Assessment  B3. Investigating Communicative Competence  B4. Optimal Specification Design  B5. Washback  B6. Researching Prototype Tasks  B7. Scoring Performance Tests  B8. Interlocutor Training and Behaviour  B9. Ethics and Professionalism  B10. Validity as Argument  Section C: Exploration  C1. Validity – An Exploration  C2. Assessment in School Systems  C3. What do Items Really Test?  C4. Evolution in Action  C5. To See a Test in a Grain of Sand  C6. Analyzing Items and Tasks  C7. Designing an Alternative Matrix  C8. Administration and Alignment  C9. In a Time Far Far Away  C10. To Boldly Go.  Glossary.  References.  Index


    Glenn Fulcher, Fred Davidson

    'Perhaps the greatest strength of this text is the way it considers a wide range of topics from a philosophical perspective... Already a bit worn from extensive cross-reading, this is a book I will be referring to frequently for years to come.' - Tim Newfields, Toyo University