Assessing Academic English: Testing English Proficiency 1950–1989 - The IELTS Solution

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  • Copyright: 2008-03-10
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This volume presents an authoritative account of academic language proficiency testing in the UK. It chronicles the early development and use of the English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB) in the 1960s, followed by the creation and implementation of the revolutionary English Language Testing Service (ELTS) in the 1970s and 1980s, and the introduction of the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) in 1989.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgementsp. viii
Series Editors' notep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
The 1950s and 1960s: the English Proficiency Test Batteryp. 1
Communicative interlude: the story of ELTSp. 28
Retreat from revolution: 1981-87p. 53
The ELTS revision plan: 1987-89p. 74
The development of IELTS - a pragmatic compromisep. 91
Chronological overview of the history of academic English assessment and the development of ELTS/IELTSp. 117
English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB) - British Council Information Leafletp. 120
English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB) - Short Version Form A, 1964 - Part 1 and Part 2p. 123
English Proficiency Test Battery (EPTB) - Short Version Form A, 1964 - Scoring Instructionsp. 134
A Communication Needs Profile of Overseas Undergraduate Students in UK, 1977p. 136
Example of Content Specification and Item Analysis for the ELTS test M1 (Social Studies): Mark II Versionp. 143
English Language Testing Service (ELTS) Specifications, 1978p. 144
Notes on the English Language Testing Service (ELTS), 1976-80 supplied by Brendan J Carroll, 18 August 2004p. 169
Notes to Registrars and Secretaries, 1979p. 171
ELTS Specimen Materials Bookletp. 175
Versions of ELTS, 1980p. 203
ELTS Administrators' Manual, 1986p. 307
Introduction to ELTS Validation Report, 1(ii) by Hughes, Porter and Weir, 1988p. 325
English Language Battery (ELBA)p. 327
Test of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP)p. 337
ELTS Revision - Specifications for M (Physical Science and Technology), 1989p. 355
Proposed Structure of IELTS Tests, 1989p. 361
An Introduction to IELTS, 1989p. 363
IELTS User Handbook, 1989p. 372
Versions of IELTS, 1989p. 381
Bibliographyp. 448
Indexp. 453
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