The Cambridge Guide to Second Language Assessment

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2012-01-30
  • Publisher: Cambridge Univ Pr
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This collection of original articles provides language teachers with a theoretical background of key issues associated with language testing as well as practical advice on how to improve the effectiveness of the tests they develop and implement. Written by internationally prominent researchers and educators, the chapters are organized into five sections: key issues in the field, assessment purposes and approaches, assessment of second language skills, technology in assessment, and administrative issues. Chapters assume no particular background knowledge and are written in an accessible style.

Table of Contents

Preface -
Key Issues
A brief history of language testing
Foreign/second language assessment literacy
Principles of language assessment
The assessment development process
Test Specifications
Linking assessment with instructional aims and learning
An overview of language standards for language learners
The common European framework of reference
Test impact and washback
Test-taking strategies Andrew
What teachers need to know about test analysis
Ethics in language testing and assessment Annie Brown
Professional development in language assessment
Assessment Purposes and Approaches
Choosing the right type of assessment
Communicative language testing
Alternative assessment in language education
Task-based language assessment
Authentic assessment
Placement testing
Assessing young learners
ESL assessment in the workplace
Student involvement in assessment through self and peer assessment
Assessment of second language pragmatics
Assessing Second
Assessing reading
Assessing writing Sara
Assessing listening
Assessing speaking
Assessing grammar
Assessing vocabulary
Technology in Assessment
Computerized language assessment
Web-based language assessment
Software to facilitate language assessment
Administrative Issues
Managing assessment in large EFL classes
Marking assessments (rubrics, rating scales)
Accommodation in language testing
Author/subject index
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