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The Diagnosis of Writing in a Second or Foreign Language
European Perspectives




  • Available for pre-order on June 16, 2023. Item will ship after July 7, 2023
ISBN 9781138201378
July 7, 2023 Forthcoming by Routledge
328 Pages 42 B/W Illustrations

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The Diagnosis of Writing in a Second or Foreign Language is a comprehensive survey of diagnostic assessment of second/foreign language (SFL) writing. In this innovative book, a compelling case is made for SFL writing as an individual, contextual, and multidimensional ability, combining several theoretically informed approaches upon which to base diagnosis.

Using the diagnostic cycle as the overarching framework, the book starts with the planning phase, cover design, development, and delivery of diagnostic assessment, ending with feedback and feed-forward aspects to feed diagnostic information into the teaching and learning process. It covers means to diagnose both the writing processes and products, including the design and development of diagnostic tasks and rating scales, as well as automated approaches to assessment. Also included is a range of existing instruments and approaches to diagnosing SFL writing.

Addressing large-scale as well as classroom contexts, this volume is useful for researchers, teachers, and educational policy-makers in language learning.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Chapter 1 Introduction to diagnosing SFL writing

Chapter 2 The development of writing ability

Chapter 3 The cognitive basis of writing ability with a special reference to SFL writing

Chapter 4 How writing ability can be diagnosed

Chapter 5 Characteristics of tasks designed to diagnose writing

Chapter 6 Diagnosing the writing process

Chapter 7 Analyzing writing products by rating them

Chapter 8 Automated analysis of writing

Chapter 9 The role of feedback in diagnosing SFL writing ability

Chapter 10 Conclusions and ways forward

References

Index

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Author(s)

Biography

Ari Huhta is Professor of Language Assessment at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Claudia Harsch is Professor of Language Learning at the University of Bremen, specialising in language learning, teaching and assessment.

Dmitri Leontjev is a senior researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies of the University of Jyväskylä, Finland.

Lea Nieminen is a research coordinator in the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä, Finland.