Designing Second Language Performance Assessments / Edition 1

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Overview

This volume focuses on the decision-making potential provided by second language performance assessments. The authors first situate performance assessment within a broader discussion of alternatives in language assessment and in educational assessment in general. They then discuss issues in performance assessment design, implementation, reliability, and validity. Finally, they present a prototype framework for second language performance assessment based on the integration of theoretical underpinnings and research findings from the task-based language teaching literature, the language testing literature, and the educational measurement literature. The authors outline test and item specifications, and they present numerous examples of prototypical language tasks. They also propose a research agenda focusing on the operationalization of second language performance assessments.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780824821098
  • Publisher: National Foreign Language Resource Center
  • Publication date: 6/6/1998
  • Series: Technical Report Ser.
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 0.51 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 6.00 (d)

Table of Contents

Ch. 1 Alternatives in Second Language Assessment 1
"Alternative Assessments" 2
Alternatives in Assessment 3
Ch. 2 Performance Assessments 7
What Are Performance Assessments? 7
What Should a Performance Assessment Look Like? 9
How Are Performance Assessments Developed? 10
Why Bother With Performance Assessment? 14
What Problems Occur in Performance Assessment? 16
What Steps Can Be Taken to Avoid Performance Assessment Problems? 21
Where Do Performance Assessments Fit Into a Language Curriculum? 27
What Examples Exist of Actual Performance Assessment Projects? 30
Summary 30
Ch. 3 Task-Based Language Teaching 31
What Are Tasks? 32
What Is the Role of Needs Analysis in Task Selection? 35
What Are the Factors that Affect Task Difficulty and Sequencing? 39
Ch. 4 Task-Based Assessment 53
How Do We Assess Task-based Performance? 53
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Reliability? 60
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Validity? 61
What Are the Factors that Affect Task-based Assessment Practicality? 64
What Are the Steps Involved in Developing Task-based Assessment? 65
Ch. 5 Test and Item Specifications 69
Test Specifications 70
Item Specifications 82
Ch. 6 Item Prompts 99
Ch. 7 Conclusions 137
Immediate Plans for Research 137
Suggestions for Future Research 141
References 143
App Example Items and Item Generation 151
About the Authors and how to Contact them 227
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