Exploring Language Assessment and Testing: Language in Action

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing: Language in Action

by Anthony Green


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Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics is a series of introductory level textbooks covering the core topics in Applied Linguistics, primarily designed for those beginning postgraduate studies, or taking an introductory MA course as well as advanced undergraduates. Titles in the series are also ideal for language professionals returning to academic study.

The books take an innovative 'practice to theory' approach, with a 'back-to-front'structure. This leads the reader from real-world problems and issues, through a discussion of intervention and how to engage with these concerns, before finally relating these practical issues to theoretical foundations. Additional features include tasks with commentaries, a glossary of key terms, and an annotated further reading section.

Exploring Language Assessment and Testing is a straightforward introduction to the field that provides an inclusive and impartial survey of both classroom based assessment by teachers and larger scale testing, using concrete examples to guide students to the relevant literature.

Ranging from theory to classroom based scenarios, the author provides practical guidance on designing, developing and using assessments, with flexible, step by step processes for improving the quality of tests and assessment systems to make them fairer and more accurate.

This book is an indispensable introduction to the areas of language assessment and testing, and will be of interest to language teachers as well as postgraduate and advanced undergraduate students studying Language Education, Applied Linguistics and Language Assessment.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780415597241
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 10/17/2013
Series: Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 11.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Anthony Green is Reader in Language Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire. His other publications include IELTS Washback in Context (2007) and Language Functions Revisited (2012). He has taught courses in Language Assessment around the world and has extensive practical experience of testing and assessment - including working as a test researcher, developer, item writer and as a language teacher.

Table of Contents

1. Putting Language Assessment in Its Place 2. Purposes for Assessment 3. The Practice of Language Assessment 4. The Qualities of Effective Assessment Systems 5. Assessing Receptive Skills 6. Assessing Productive and Interactive Skills 7. Multiplication and Division: Trends in Language Assessment

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