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Römer, Ute – Language Testing, 2017
This paper aims to connect recent corpus research on phraseology with current language testing practice. It discusses how corpora and corpus-analytic techniques can illuminate central aspects of speech and help in conceptualizing the notion of lexicogrammar in second language speaking assessment. The description of speech and some of its core…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Grammar, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Lu, Xiaofei – Language Testing, 2017
Research investigating corpora of English learners' language raises new questions about how syntactic complexity is defined theoretically and operationally for second language (L2) writing assessment. I show that syntactic complexity is important in construct definitions and L2 writing rating scales as well as in L2 writing research. I describe…
Descriptors: Syntax, Computational Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Writing Research
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Coombe, Christine; Davidson, Peter – Language Testing, 2014
The Common Educational Proficiency Assessment (CEPA) is a large-scale, high-stakes, English language proficiency/placement test administered in the United Arab Emirates to Emirati nationals in their final year of secondary education or Grade 12. The purpose of the CEPA is to place students into English classes at the appropriate government…
Descriptors: Language Tests, High Stakes Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Xi, Xiaoming; Higgins, Derrick; Zechner, Klaus; Williamson, David – Language Testing, 2012
This paper compares two alternative scoring methods--multiple regression and classification trees--for an automated speech scoring system used in a practice environment. The two methods were evaluated on two criteria: construct representation and empirical performance in predicting human scores. The empirical performance of the two scoring models…
Descriptors: Scoring, Classification, Weighted Scores, Comparative Analysis
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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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Alderson, J. Charles – Language Testing, 2009
In this article, the author reviews the TOEFL iBT which is the latest version of the TOEFL, whose history stretches back to 1961. The TOEFL iBT was introduced in the USA, Canada, France, Germany and Italy in late 2005. Currently the TOEFL test is offered in two testing formats: (1) Internet-based testing (iBT); and (2) paper-based testing (PBT).…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Writing Tests, Listening Comprehension Tests, Test Reviews