ERIC Number: ED277278
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1986-May
Reference Count: 0
Testing Writing Ability: A Review.
Some of the issues, history, and approaches in the testing of second language writing skills are reviewed. It is argued that because writing serves many important functions in the lives of individuals and activities that speech cannot do equally well, it is time to stop viewing writing as secondary to speech and to accord it equal attention. Most of the attention should be devoted to "writing with composing," the making and conveying of meaning by writing. It concludes that the testing of second language writing would benefit greatly from the very intensive work undertaken in the field of native language acquisition, and that both disciplines would benefit from closer cross-disciplinary ties. (MSE)
Publication Type: Information Analyses
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Note: Paper presented at a language testing symposium in honor of John B. Carroll and Robert Lado (Quiryat Anavim, Israel, May 11-13, 1986).