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ERIC Number: EJ1164512
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Web-Based Virtual Environments for Facilitating Assessment of L2 Oral Communication Ability
Ockey, Gary J.; Gu, Lin; Keehner, Madeleine
Language Assessment Quarterly, v14 n4 p346-359 2017
A growing number of stakeholders argue for the use of second language (L2) speaking assessments that measure the ability to orally communicate in real time. A Web-based virtual environment (VE) that allows live voice communication among individuals may have potential for aiding in delivering such assessments. While off-the-shelf voice communication VEs, such as Second Life, have been used for language learning and to a much lesser extent, language assessment, a very limited number of such environments have been designed with the explicit aim of aiding in assessing L2 oral communication. Moreover, test developers who desire to build such a VE have little theoretical basis to guide them. This conceptual article fills this void by discussing some of the theoretical issues that were considered when the researchers built a VE to help deliver L2 oral communication assessments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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