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ERIC Number: EJ876393
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 31
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 72
ISSN: ISSN-1543-4303
Peer-Peer Interaction in a Speaking Test: The Case of the "First Certificate in English" Examination
Galaczi, Evelina D.
Language Assessment Quarterly, v5 n2 p89-119 2008
This discourse-based study turns its attention to paired test-taker discourse in the First Certificate in English speaking test. Its primary aim is to focus on fundamental conversation management concepts, such as overall structural organisation, turn-taking, sequencing, and topic organisation found in the dyadic test-taker interaction in 30 pairs of test takers. The analysis highlights global patterns of interaction, termed "Collaborative," "Parallel" and "Asymmetric," and salient features of interaction characteristic to each pattern. A second goal of the study is to investigate a possible relationship between the patterns of peer-peer interaction and test scores for "Interactive Communication." The results show a close relationship between type of talk and test scores, thus providing validity evidence for the test scores. The study discusses implications for a more accurate understanding of the construct of conversation management underlying the FCE examination, and for the empirically-based construction of assessment criteria for speaking tests. (Contains 6 excerpts, 6 footnotes, 4 tables, and 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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