ERIC Number: ED460636
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998
Language Testing: Recent Developments and Persistent Dilemmas.
This paper discusses recent developments in language testing. It begins with a review of the traditional criteria that are applied to all measurement and outlines recent emphases that derive from the expanding range of stakeholders. Drawing on Alderson's seminal work, criteria are presented for evaluating communicative language tests. Developments in the authentic/alternative assessment movement are briefly reviewed, and the merits and limitations of traditional and alternative assessment are compared and contrasted. Some persistent problems in language testing are discussed: methods, effect, classification errors, rater agreement, problems of the local independence of items, and a cavalier attitude towards the error of measurement. The paper concludes with an optimistic tone: new developments in test theory promise better answers to the perennial problems. (Author/VWL)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Puolin ja toisin: Suomalais-virolaista kielentutkimusta. AFinLAn vuosikirja 1998 (On Both Sides: Finnish-Estonian Research on Language. AFinLA Yearbook 1998); see FL 025 589. Paper presented at "Linguistics in Estonia and Finland: Crossing the Gulf" Symposium (Tallinn, Estonia, November 14-15, 1997).