Talking and Testing: Discourse Approaches to the Assessment of Oral Proficiency (Studies in Bilingualism #14)

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This book brings together a collection of current research on the assessment of oral proficiency in a second language. Fourteen chapters focus on the use of the language proficiency interview or LPI to assess oral proficiency. The volume addresses the central issue of validity in proficiency assessment: the ways in which the language proficiency interview is accomplished through discourse.
Contributors draw on a variety of discourse perspectives, including the ethnography of ...
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Overview

This book brings together a collection of current research on the assessment of oral proficiency in a second language. Fourteen chapters focus on the use of the language proficiency interview or LPI to assess oral proficiency. The volume addresses the central issue of validity in proficiency assessment: the ways in which the language proficiency interview is accomplished through discourse.
Contributors draw on a variety of discourse perspectives, including the ethnography of speaking, conversation analysis, language socialization theory, sociolinguistic variation theory, human interaction research, and systemic functional linguistics. And for the first time, LPIs conducted in German, Korean, and Spanish are examined as well as interviews in English.
This book sheds light on such important issues as how speaking ability can be defined independently of an LPI that is designed to assess it and the extent to which an LPI is an authentic representation of ordinary conversation in the target language. It will be of considerable interest to language testers, discourse analysts, second language acquisition researchers, foreign language specialists, and anyone concerned with proficiency issues in language teaching and testing.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781556195488
  • Publisher: Benjamins, John Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1998
  • Series: Studies in Bilingualism Series , #14
  • Pages: 405
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.70 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Ch. 1 Language Proficiency Interviews: A Discourse Approach 1
Pt. 1 Language Proficiency Interviews and Conversation
Ch. 2 Re-analyzing the OPI: How Much Does It Look like Natural Conversation? 27
Ch. 3 Evaluating Learner Interactional Skills: Conversation at the Micro Level 53
Ch. 4 What Happens When There's No One to Talk to? Spanish Foreign Language Discourse in Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews 69
Pt. 2 Turns and Sequences in Language Proficiency Interviews
Ch. 5 Answering Questions in LPIs: A Case Study 101
Ch. 6 Framing the Language Proficiency Interview as a Speech Event: Native and Non-Native Speakers' Questions 117
Ch. 7 Miscommunication in Language Proficiency Interviews of First-Year German Students: A Comparison with Natural Conversation 147
Pt. 3 Knowledge and Communication in Language Proficiency Interviews
Ch. 8 Knowledge Structures in Oral Proficiency Interviews for International Teaching Assistants 173
Ch. 9 The Use of Communication Strategies in Language Proficiency Interviews 205
Ch. 10 Meaning Negotiation in the Hungarian Oral Proficiency Examination of English 239
Pt. 4 Language Proficiency Interviews as Cross-Cultural Encounters
Ch. 11 Maintaining American Face in the Korean Oral Exam: Reflections on the Power of Cross-Cultural Context 271
Ch. 12 Confirmation Sequences as Interactional Resources in Korean Language Proficiency Interviews 297
Ch. 13 Divergent Frame Interpretations in Oral Proficiency Interview Interaction 333
Ch. 14 "Let Them Eat Cake!" or How to Avoid Losing Your Head in Cross-Cultural Conversations 355
Index of Names 383
Index of Topics 391
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