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ERIC Number: EJ845534
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 25
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 33
ISSN: ISSN-0265-5322
Co-Constructed Interaction in a Paired Speaking Test: The Rater's Perspective
May, Lyn
Language Testing, v26 n3 p397-421 2009
The definition and operationalization of interactional competence in speaking tests that entail co-construction of discourse is an area of language testing requiring further research. This article explores the reactions of four trained raters to paired candidates who oriented to asymmetric patterns of interaction in a discussion task. Through an analysis of candidate discourse combined with rater notes, stimulated verbal recalls, rater discussions and scores awarded for interactional effectiveness, the article examines the extent to which raters compensate or penalize candidates for their role in co-constructing asymmetric interactional patterns. The article argues that key features of the interaction are perceived by the raters as mutual achievements, and it further suggests that the awarding of shared scores for interactional competence is one way of acknowledging the inherently co-constructed nature of interaction in a paired speaking test. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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