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ERIC Number: EJ1074617
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 30
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0969-594X
A New Test for China? Stages in the Development of an Assessment for Professional Purposes
Jin, Yan; Hamp-Lyons, Liz
Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, v22 n4 p397-426 2015
It is increasingly recognised that attention should be paid to investigating the needs of a new test, especially in contexts where specific purpose language needs might be identified. This article describes the stages involved in establishing the need for a new assessment of English for professional purposes in China. We first investigated stakeholders' perceptions of the target language use activities and the necessity of the proposed assessment. We then analysed five existing tests and six language frameworks to evaluate their suitability for the need of the proposed assessment. The resulting proposal is for an advanced-level English assessment capable of providing a diagnostic evaluation of the proficiency of potential employees in areas of relevance to multinationals operating in China. The study has demonstrated the value of following a principled procedure to investigate the necessity for and the needs of a new test at the very beginning of the test development.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China
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