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Ockey, Gary J.; French, Robert – Applied Linguistics, 2016
Concerns about the need for assessing multidialectal listening skills for global contexts are becoming increasingly prevalent. However, the inclusion of multiple accents on listening assessments may threaten test fairness because it is not practical to include every accent that may be encountered in the language use domain on these tests. Given…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Dialects, Pronunciation, Second Language Learning
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Ginther, April; Elder, Catherine – ETS Research Report Series, 2014
In line with expanded conceptualizations of validity that encompass the interpretations and uses of test scores in particular policy contexts, this report presents results of a comparative analysis of institutional understandings and uses of 3 international English proficiency tests widely used for tertiary selection--the "TOEFL iBT"®…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Questionnaires
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McNamara, Tim; Knoch, Ute – Language Testing, 2012
This paper examines the uptake of Rasch measurement in language testing through a consideration of research published in language testing research journals in the period 1984 to 2009. Following the publication of the first papers on this topic, exploring the potential of the simple Rasch model for the analysis of dichotomous language test data, a…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, English (Second Language), Item Response Theory
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Dunworth, Katie – Australian Universities' Review, 2010
The English language proficiency levels of students in Australian higher education who have English as an additional language (EAL) has become an increasingly prominent issue, particularly as it relates to international students. In 2009 this resulted in the publication of a set of good practice principles for the sector. This paper argues that…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, College Students, Foreign Students