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Understanding Language Testing

1st Edition

By Dan Douglas


168 pages

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Understanding Language Testing presents an introduction to language tests and the process of test development that starts at the very beginning. Assuming no knowledge of the field, the book promotes a practical understanding of language testing using examples from a variety of languages.
While grounded on solid theoretical principles, the book focuses on fostering a true understanding of the various uses of language tests and the process of test development, scoring test performance, analyzing and interpreting test results, and above all, using tests as ethically and fairly as possible so that test takers are given every opportunity to do their best, to learn as much as possible, and feel positive about their language learning.
Each chapter includes a summary, suggestions for further reading, and exercises. As such this is the ideal book for both beginning students of linguistics and language education, or anyone in a related discipline looking for a first introduction to language testing.


'This is a crisp, focused, readable and stimulating book. Douglas covers a wide range of territory in concise yet challenging ways'.

Fred Davidson, Professor of Linguistics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Table of Contents

1. Introduction: the rubber ruler
2. Measuring language ability and making decisions
3. Test development
4. Alternatives in assessment
5. By the numbers: a statistics mini-course
6. Technology and language testing
Afterword: the rubber ruler revisited

About the Author

Dan Fouglas is Professor of TESL and Applied Linguistics, Iowa State University, USA.

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