Talking About Language Assessment is the first book to take an interview-based approach to the history of language assessment. This collection consists of interviews originally featured in Language Assessment Quarterly with renowned language assessment experts. Contextualized with commentary by the editor, the articles in this text cover many of the essential areas of language testing and assessment including assessment design, validation argument, epistemological issues in research, and language assessment policy. This text is a valuable compilation on the history of language assessment, and an ideal resource for researchers and students in the field of language testing and assessment.
Table of Contents
Introduction and Overview by Antony John Kunnan and Nick Saville 1. The Story Behind the Modern Language Aptitude Test: An Interview with John B. Carroll (1916-2003) by Charles W. Stansfield & Daniel J. Reed 2. Biasing for the Best in Language Testing and Learning: An Interview with Merrill Swain by Janna Fox 3. 40 Years in Applied Linguistics: An Interview with Alan Davies by Antony John Kunnan 4. An Interview with John Trim at 80 5. People and Events in Language Testing: A Sort of Memoir. An Interview with Bernard Spolsky by Nick Saville & Antony John Kunnann 6. An Interview with Professor Kenji Ohtomo: The Founding Father of Language Testing in Japan by Miyoko Kobayashi & Masashi Negishi 7. A Life in Language Testing: An Interview with Charles Stansfield by Daniel J. Reed & Melissa Bowles 8. From Cloze to Consequences and Beyond: An Interview with Elana Shohamy by Anne Lazaraton 9. Gui Shichuan: Founding Father of Language Testing in China. An interview by He Lianzhen & Qi Luxia 10. Language Assessment: Its Development and Future - An Interview with Lyle F. Bachman by Jing Chen 11. A lifetime of language testing: An interview with J. Charles Alderson by Tineke Brunfaut 12. Liz Hamp-Lyons: An interview by Jin Yan
Antony John Kunnan is Professor of English at the Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He is the editor of The Companion to Language Assessment (2014), the founding Editor of the journal Language Assessment Quarterly (2003-13), as well as Past President of the International Language Testing Association.