Testing for Language Teachers / Edition 2

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Tens of thousands of language teachers have used the first edition of Testing for Language Teachers. The second edition of this best-seller remains the most practical guide for teachers who want to have a better understanding of the role of testing in language teaching. it has been completely revised and has a new chapter on testing young learners and expanded chapters on common test techniques and stages of test development. There is also an additional appendix on item banking and a revised appendix on statisitical analysis of test data. The principles and practice of testing are still presented in a logical, accessible way and guidance is given for the reader to devise their own tests.

The second edition of Testing for Language Teachers:

• analyses what makes a good test

• considers the different purposes of testing

• discusses how testing can encourage good teaching and learning

• describes common test techniques and administration.

No other text covers language testing as comprehensively and as accessibly as this one. If you have to test your students you will want to own this book.

'This book should be on the reference shelf of every ESL school and university library.' Jonathan Hove, EA Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780521484954
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
  • Publication date: 12/12/2002
  • Series: Cambridge Language Teaching Library Series
  • Edition description: Second Edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 416,792
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.80 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Teaching and testing 1
2 Testing as problem solving: an overview of the book 8
3 Kinds of tests and testing 11
4 Validity 26
5 Reliability 36
6 Achieving beneficial backwash 53
7 Stages of test development 58
8 Common test techniques 75
9 Testing writing 83
10 Testing oral ability 113
11 Testing reading 136
12 Testing listening 160
13 Testing grammar and vocabulary 172
14 Testing overall ability 186
15 Tests for young learners 199
16 Test administration 215
App. 1 The statistical analysis of test data 218
App. 2 Item banking 234
App. 3 Questions on the New Zealand youth hostels passage 236
Bibliography 237
Subject Index 246
Author Index 250
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