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The Politics of English Second Language Writing Assessment in Global Contexts

1st Edition

Edited by Todd Ruecker, Deborah Crusan


244 pages

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Reflecting the internationalization of the field of second language writing, this book focuses on political aspects and pedagogical issues of writing instruction and testing in a global context. High-stakes assessment impacts the lives of second language (L2) writers and their teachers around the world, be it the College English Test in China, Common Core-aligned assessments in the U.S., English proficiency tests in Poland, or the material conditions (such as access to technology, training, and other resources) affecting a classroom. With contributions from authors working in ten different countries in a variety of institutional contexts, the chapters examine the uses and abuses of various writing-related assessments, and the policies that determine their form and use. Representing a diverse range of contexts, methods, and disciplines, the authors jointly call for more equitable testing systems that consider the socioeconomic, psychometric, affective, institutional, and needs of all students who strive to gain access to education and employment opportunities related to English language proficiency.

Table of Contents

1. The Intersections of Politics and Second Language Writing Assessment: What We Know, Todd Ruecker and Deborah Crusan

Part I: Local and National Policy Contexts

2. Worlds Apart, but in the Same Boat: How Macro-Level Policy Influences EFL Writing Pedagogy in China, Mexico, and Poland, Estela Ene and Katarzyna Hryniuk

3. Vignette: The Importance of Context in Second Language Writing Evaluation, Theresa A. Orlovsky

4. Foreign Language Writing Assessment and Brazilian Educational Policies, Luciana C. de Oliveira, Solange Aranha, and Fernando Zolin-Vesz

5. Sociopolitical Contexts of EFL Writing Assessment in Vietnam: Impact of a National Project, Xuan Minh Ngo

6. Vignette: Policy Makers, Assessment Practices, and Ethical Dilution, Hadi Banat

7. English Writing Assessment in the context of Iran: The Double life of Iranian Test-takers, Fahimeh Marefat and Mojtaba Heydari

Part II: High Stakes Assessment

8. High-Stakes English Writing Assessment in Egyptian Secondary Schools: Historical Testing Orientations and Current Instructional Practices, Muhammad M. Abdel Latif and Abdelbaset Haridy

9. Vignette: Error Recognition: A So-Called "Writing" Assessment? Pornpimol Sukavatee and Bee Chamcharatsri

10. "Write an E-mail to Your Friend in England": Assessment of the Written English Matura Exam in Poland, Aleksandra Swatek and Aleksandra Kasztalska

11. Vignette: Assessing English Linguistic Knowledge and Writing Skills in Secondary Schools Through State Matura Exam: The Case of Macedonia, Mira Bekar

12. Righting Writing Practices? An exam reform’s impact on L2 writing teaching and assessment, Benjamin Kremmel, Kathrin Eberharter, and Michael Maurer

13. Impacts and Responses to a University High Stakes Writing Test, Gordon West and Bala Thiruchelvam

Part III: Seeking Solutions: Assessing Better Locally and Internationally

14. Writing Academically and Creatively: Moving Beyond Test-Driven Writing Instruction in a Chinese University, Chenchen Huang and Xiaoye You

15. Vignette: When Are Students Ready Enough?: Issues and Dilemmas Around Assessment of L2 Writers in a WAC Program, Hee-Seung Kang

16. Accommodating Writing Tests for Second Language Learners with Disabilities, Natalie Nordby Chen and Renee Saulter

17. E-portfolio Project: Assessing Language Teacher Learning in the Chilean Desert, Betsy Gilliland, Katterine Pavez Bravo, and Andrea Muñoz Galleguillos

18. The Value of Usage-based Approaches to Diagnostic Placement Assessment in Graduate EAP, Megan M. Siczek and Natalia Dolgova

19. Vignette: Challenging the Deficit Mindset: The WIDA Can Do Philosophy in a Second Language Writing Context, Mark Chapman, Ahyoung Alicia Kim, Jing Wei, and Tanya Bitterman

Afterword, Christine Pearson Casanave

About the Editors

Todd Ruecker is Assistant Professor of English at the University of New Mexico, USA.

Deborah Crusan is Professor of English at Wright State University, USA.

About the Series

ESL & Applied Linguistics Professional Series

This series provides essential texts on teaching English as a second language and applied linguistics. It includes authored and edited volumes to be used as primary or supplementary texts in graduate-level and teacher training courses to enhance students’ and practicing teachers’ professional qualifications and knowledge. Each text is designed to promote the current and growing body of knowledge in applied linguistics and second language teaching, including advances in teacher education and the study of language.

Specifically, the series includes, but is not limited to, current uses of applied linguistics research in teaching a variety of second language skills, such as reading, writing, speaking and listening; materials and curriculum design; literacy; English for academic purposes; and research methods.

The texts also deal with broad domains of professional preparation related to socio-cultural perspectives and current issues/topics in teaching and learning a second language.

Books in the series benefit not only students, but experienced teachers, curriculum developers, teacher trainers, program administrators, and other second and foreign language professionals seeking to advance and update their knowledge and expertise.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
FOREIGN LANGUAGE STUDY / English as a Second Language