Assessing Academic English: Testing English Proficiency, 1950-1989 - The IELTS Solution by Alan Davies, Paperback | Barnes & Noble
Assessing Academic English: Testing English Proficiency, 1950-1989 - The IELTS Solution

Assessing Academic English: Testing English Proficiency, 1950-1989 - The IELTS Solution

by Alan Davies
     
 

The volume offers an explanatory account of the progress of academic language proficiency testing in the UK (and later Australia), from the British Council's English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB), through the revolutionary English Language Testing Service (ELTS) to the present solution of IELTS. The three stages of academic language testing in the UK over the

Overview

The volume offers an explanatory account of the progress of academic language proficiency testing in the UK (and later Australia), from the British Council's English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB), through the revolutionary English Language Testing Service (ELTS) to the present solution of IELTS. The three stages of academic language testing in the UK over the last 50 years move from grammar through real life to features of language use. At the same time, comparison of predictive validities suggests that all three measures account for very similar shares of the variance (about 10%) and that therefore the choice of an academic language proficiency test is determined only in part by predictive validity: other factors such as test delivery, test renewal in response to fashion, research and impact on stakeholders, and assessment of all four language skills are also important.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521542500
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/29/2008
Series:
Studies in Language Testing Series, #23
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
470
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 8.98(h) x 1.10(d)

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