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Lin, Chih-Kai – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2018
With multiple options to choose from, there is always a chance of lucky guessing by examinees on multiple-choice (MC) items, thereby potentially introducing bias in item difficulty estimates. Correct responses by random guessing thus pose threats to the validity of claims made from test performance on an MC test. Under the Rasch framework, the…
Descriptors: Guessing (Tests), Item Response Theory, Multiple Choice Tests, Language Tests
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Ibrahim, Engku Haliza Engku; Sarudin, Isarji; Muhamad, Ainon Jariah – English Language Teaching, 2016
There are many factors that contribute to one's ability to read effectively. Vocabulary size is one important factor that enhances reading comprehension. The purpose of the study is to examine the relationship between students' reading comprehension skills and their vocabulary size. A total of 129 pre-university students undergoing an intensive…
Descriptors: Correlation, Reading Comprehension, Vocabulary Development, Scores
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Liu, Pei-Lin – Language Learning & Technology, 2016
Numerous researchers in education recognize that vocabulary is essential in foreign language learning. However, students often encounter vocabulary that is difficult to remember. Providing effective vocabulary learning strategies is therefore more valuable than teaching students a large amount of vocabulary. The purpose of this study was to…
Descriptors: Concept Mapping, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Pan, Yi-Ching – TESL-EJ, 2014
In much of the world, the issue of accountability and measurement of educational outcomes is highly controversial. Exit testing is part of the movement to ascertain what students have learned and hold institutions and teachers to account. However, compared to the large number of teacher washback studies, learner washback research is lacking…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Exit Examinations, Questionnaires, College Students
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Toofan, Zohreh Zare – Advances in Language and Literary Studies, 2014
Writing is an important experience through which we are able to share ideas, arouse feelings, persuade and convince other people (white & Arndt, 1991). It is important to view writing not solely as the product of an individual, but as a cognitive, social and cultural act. Writing is an act that takes place within a context, that accomplishes a…
Descriptors: Writing Assignments, Self Management, Peer Influence, Writing Instruction
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Huang, Lan-fen – Taiwan Journal of TESOL, 2014
This paper reports the compilation of a corpus of Taiwanese students' spoken English, which is one of the sub-corpora of the Louvain International Database of Spoken English Interlanguage (LINDSEI) (Gilquin, De Cock, & Granger, 2010). LINDSEI is one of the largest corpora of learner speech. The compilation process follows the design criteria…
Descriptors: Interlanguage, Databases, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Jian, Shi – English Language Teaching, 2013
In the field of applied linguistics, the English article is the acknowledged teaching and learning difficulty and receives lots of attention in second language acquisition (SLA). This paper, based on the Syntactic Misanalysis Account (SMA) advocated by Trenkic in which L2 articles are analyzed as adjectives by L2ers, proposes the English article…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Wu, Jessica R. W. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2012
The General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) is a 5-level, criterion-referenced English as a Foreign Language (EFL) testing system implemented in Taiwan to assess the general English proficiency of EFL learners. In 1999, with the aim of encouraging the general study of English and to result in beneficial washback effects on the teaching and…
Descriptors: Testing, Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, English (Second Language)
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Chang, Mei-Mei – CALICO Journal, 2010
This study examined the effect of a self-monitoring strategy on EFL online learners' academic performance and motivational beliefs. A total of 90 college freshmen participated in the study, and instruments used in the study included two general English proficiency tests, a course-based reading comprehension test, and a modified version of the…
Descriptors: Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Reading Comprehension, College Freshmen
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Shih, Chih-Min – English Teaching: Practice and Critique, 2009
The purpose of this study was to investigate the washback effects of the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) on English teaching in two applied foreign language departments in Taiwan. One had prescribed its GEPT requirement to its day-division students whereas the other had not. Overall, the GEPT did not induce a high level of washback on…
Descriptors: Achievement Tests, Foreign Countries, College Instruction, Educational Policy
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Shih, Chih-Min – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2008
Since 2000, the General English Proficiency Test, a newly developed test of English, has been phased in by the Language Training and Testing Center in Taiwan. It has become the most universally used test of English in Taiwan, a fact that can be evidenced by its aggregate number of registered test takers. This article first describes the…
Descriptors: Test Validity, Grading, Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency
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O'Neill, Thomas R.; Buckendahl, Chad W.; Plake, Barbara S.; Taylor, Lynda – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
Licensure testing programs in the United States (e.g., nursing) face an increasing challenge of measuring the competency of internationally trained candidates, both in relation to their clinical competence and their English language competence. To assist with the latter, professional licensing bodies often adopt well-established and widely…
Descriptors: Testing Programs, Testing, Language Tests, Standard Setting
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Lee, Young-Ju – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
The Multimedia Assisted Test of English Speaking was designed to assess global speaking competence of Korean speakers of English at Sookmyung Women's University. The test was developed with the help of the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages for their proficiency guidelines and of the Center for Applied Linguistics for their…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Applied Linguistics, Criterion Referenced Tests, Guidelines
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Song, Xiaomei; Cheng, Liying – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2006
This article examines language learner strategy use reported by 121 Chinese learners of English through a questionnaire and the relationships between their strategy use and language performance on a national English proficiency test: College English Test-Band 4. Results showed that this group of learners reported using more metacognitive…
Descriptors: College English, Achievement Tests, Metacognition, English (Second Language)
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Weir, Cyril J.; Wu, Jessica R. W. – Language Testing, 2006
Examination boards are often criticized for their failure to provide evidence of comparability across forms, and few such studies are publicly available. This study aims to investigate the extent to which three forms of the General English Proficiency Test Intermediate Speaking Test (GEPTS-I) are parallel in terms of two types of validity…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Format, Speech Communication, Check Lists
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