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ERIC Number: EJ1178970
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-May
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: EISSN-1072-4303
Humanising Language Testing
Hamid, M. Obaidul; Hoang, Ngoc T. H.
TESL-EJ, v22 n1 May 2018
Test-takers' voices in relation to high-stakes language tests have received growing attention in recent years. While the perspectives of this stakeholder group can be utilised to improve test quality, test-taking experience, and test impact, we argue that this goal needs to be achieved by considering a fundamental shift in our conceptualisation of language tests based on test-takers' experiential and perceptual data. This is a shift towards humanising language testing in a globalised world which has witnessed growing expansion, commercialisation, and potential dehumanising of high-stakes tests such as IELTS (International English Language Testing System). Drawing on data from two larger studies, we illustrate the call for humanising the test in seven areas including test purpose, test policy, test-taking experience, test administration, test-taker background, test content and task, and feedback on test performance. Although humanisation has accumulated specific meanings and contentions in the past few decades, test-takers' call for a friendly, responsive, and closer-to-life test and a less stressful test-taking experience may appear more legitimate than controversial in a globalised world.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Australia
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: International English Language Testing System
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