Language Testing and Assessment

An Advanced Resource Book

By Glenn Fulcher, Fred Davidson

© 2007 – Routledge

424 pages

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Paperback: 9780415339476
pub: 2006-12-12
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pub: 2006-12-12

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About the Book

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


'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

Table of Contents

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

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Grammar & Punctuation
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / Semantics