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ERIC Number: EJ1071213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 22
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Investigating Differences between American and Indian Raters in Assessing TOEFL iBT Speaking Tasks
Wei, Jing; Llosa, Lorena
Language Assessment Quarterly, v12 n3 p283-304 2015
This article reports on an investigation of the role raters' language background plays in raters' assessment of test takers' speaking ability. Specifically, this article examines differences between American and Indian raters in their scores and scoring processes when rating Indian test takers' responses to the Test of English as a Foreign Language™ Internet-Based Test (TOEFL iBT®) Speaking tasks. Three American and three Indian raters were asked to score 60 speech samples from 10 Indian test takers' responses to TOEFL iBT Speaking tasks and to perform think-aloud protocols while scoring. The data were analyzed with Multifaceted Rasch and verbal protocol analyses. Findings indicate that Indian raters were better than American raters at identifying and understanding features of Indian English in the test takers' responses. However, Indian and American raters did not differ in their use of scoring criteria, their attitudes toward Indian English, or in the internal consistency and severity of the scores.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Test of English as a Foreign Language