Multilingualism and Assessment: Achieving Transparency, Assuring Quality, Sustaining Diversity: Proceedings of the ALTE Berlin Conference, May 2005

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This Studies in Language Testing volume explores the impact of multilingualism on language assessment. It considers ways of describing and comparing language qualifications to establish common levels of proficiency, balancing the need to set common standards and at the same time sustain linguistic diversity. Three broad themes are explored. Quality and diversity are addressed via avenues such as the quality of examinations and codes of practice, as well as the research on impact in various state certification projects. In relation to ethics and diversity, several papers focus on the complex relationships between linguistic identity and diversity on one hand, and immigration and citizenship policy on the other, as assessment increasingly interfaces with language proficiency requirements for citizenship and for active participation of newcomers in social, occupational and democratic processes. Transparency and diversity are examined through the relationship of examinations to the Common European Framework from a number of different perspectives.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521711920
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/15/2008
  • Series: Studies in Language Testing Series, #27
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 351
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.75 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii

Series Editors' note viii

Introduction Lynda Taylor Cyril J Weir 1

Section 1 Achieving Transparency

1 Relating language examinations to the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) Waldemar Martyniuk 9

2 The CEFR levels and descriptor scales Brian North 21

3 Juggling numbers and opinions: An attempt to set CEFR standards in Norway for a test of reading in English Eli Moe 67

4 L'harmonisation du DELF et du DALF sur les niveaux du Cadre europeen commun de reference pour les langues Patrick Riba Marianne Mavel 79

5 Proficiency scaling in DESI listening and reading EFL tests Guenter Nold Henning Rossa Johannes Hartig 94

6 The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the revision of the Higher Level Catalan Language Test Montserrat Montagut Pilar Murtra 117

7 Test comparability and construct compatibility across languages Peter Hardcastle Sibylle Bolton Francesca Pelliccia 130

Section 2 Assuring Quality

8 A socio-cognitive approach to writing test validation Cyril J Weir Stuart Shaw 147

9 Assuring the quality of TestDaF examinations: a psychometric modelling approach Thomas Eckes 157

10 Problems affecting the use of raw scores: a comparison of raw scores and FACETS' Fair Average scores David Coniam 179

11 Testing teaching knowledge: developing a quality instrument to support professional development Hanan Khalifa 191

12 The CERCLU project for certifying language competence in Italian university language centres Maurizio Gotti Carol Taylor Torsello 203

13 An impact study of a high-stakes test (IELTS): lessons for test validation and linguistic diversity Roger Hawkey215

14 Towards a model of test evaluation: using the Test Fairness and the Test Context Frameworks Antony John Kunnan 229

Section 3 Sustaining Diversity

15 Language assessment and citizenship: European policy perspective Joseph Sheils 255

16 Language testing for migration and citizenship: contexts and issues Nick Saville Piet van Avermaet 265

17 Language varieties and their implications for testing and assessment Lynda Taylor 276

18 Non-native speakers as language assessors: recent research and implications for assessment practice Anne Lazaraton 296

19 Citizenship materials for ESOL learners in the UK Helen Sunderland Chris Taylor 310

20 Best practice in writing assessment Liz Hamp-Lyons 321

Notes on the volume contributors 336

Presentations at the ALTE Conference Berlin, 2005 341

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