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ERIC Number: EJ953646
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 17
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1075-2935
Validation of an ESL Writing Test in a Malaysian Secondary School Context
Zainal, Azlin
Assessing Writing, v17 n1 p1-17 Jan 2012
The present study was conducted with a twofold purpose. First, I aim to apply the socio-cognitive framework by Shaw and Weir (2007) in order to validate a summative writing test used in a Malaysian ESL secondary school context. Secondly, by applying the framework I also aim to illustrate practical ways in which teachers can gather validity evidence where this in turn would help them design and evaluate their tests in light of their teaching context and the purpose of assessment. In addition, teachers may be able to reflect on learners' progress and areas where learners need to improve by looking at the interplay of tasks and learner's response. Twenty exam scripts written by 16-year old ESL learners were rated based on a marking scheme to identify scoring validity. Finally, I will conclude that the validity of score interpretations has been established to a certain degree and the framework is practical for the purposes of the study. (Contains 3 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Malaysia