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ERIC Number: EJ876391
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 19
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Evaluation of the Usefulness of the "Versant for English" Test: A Response
Downey, Ryan; Farhady, Hossein; Present-Thomas, Rebecca; Suzuki, Masanori; Van Moere, Alistair
Language Assessment Quarterly, v5 n2 p160-167 2008
This article responds to a critique of Ordinate Corporation's "Versant for English" test (formerly PhonePass and SET-10). The critique (Chun, 2006) purports to apply the language task framework of Bachman and Palmer (1996) and the Test Fairness framework of Kunnan (2004) as guides for an analysis. However, the analysis fails to apply either framework appropriately, leading to a misguided conclusion. Here, we present readers with a more balanced analysis by clarifying the issues that the critic has confused, particularly with regard to the authenticity and construct of the test tasks. Finally, we suggest that a correct application of the usefulness framework of Bachman and Palmer (1996) shows "Versant for English" to be a useful test in many contexts. (Contains 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
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Language: English
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