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ERIC Number: EJ746780
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006
Pages: 16
Abstractor: Author
ISSN: ISSN-0898-5898
Differing Expectations in the Assessment of the Speaking Skills of ESOL Learners
Simpson, James
Linguistics and Education: An International Research Journal, v17 n1 p40-55 Spr 2006
This is a study of the assessment of the speaking skills of adult learners of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL). It is prompted by a concern that participants can have differing expectations of what nature of speech event a speaking test actually is. This concern was identified during the administration and analysis of assessments carried out as part of a study into adult ESOL pedagogy in the UK. The paper employs the notions of "knowledge schema" and "frame" in discourse to draw together areas of interest in testing: whether the speaking assessment should be viewed as an interview or as a conversation; divergent interpretations of the test event by learners; and variation in interlocutor behaviour. Implications for testing the speaking skills of adult ESOL learners are discussed; these are pertinent at a time of large-scale high-stakes testing of learners who are migrants to English speaking countries.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Adult Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom