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Ahern, Jeri; Litt, Eve Nora – CATESOL Journal, 2018
The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is the standard in the college admissions process, leading to the inclusion of preparation classes in Intensive English Program (IEP) curricula. But does preparing for the TOEFL in isolation yield optimal results for IEP college hopefuls? In this article, we will share information about the…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Intensive Language Courses
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Yu, Guoxing – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2013
This article reports the lexical diversity of summaries written by experts and test takers in an empirical study and then interrogates the (in)congruity between the conceptualisations of "summary" and "summarize" in the literature of educational research and the operationalization of summarization tasks in three international…
Descriptors: Documentation, Writing Tests, Language Usage, Language Tests
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Lowie, Wander – Language Learning in Higher Education, 2013
This paper discusses the pedagogical implications of Dynamic Systems Theory approaches to second language development. The main question addressed is whether it is possible to describe a learner's level of proficiency with a simple and unambiguous label, and if so, whether the CEFR can provide such a label. It is argued that considering the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Systems Approach
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Alavi, Seyyed Mohammad; Akbarian, Is'haaq – System: An International Journal of Educational Technology and Applied Linguistics, 2012
This study aims to examine a) whether vocabulary knowledge, captured in the Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT), is related to the performance on the five types of reading comprehension items tested in TOEFL, i.e., Guessing Vocabulary, Main Idea, Inference, Reference, and Stated Detail; and b) whether EFL learners with different levels of vocabulary…
Descriptors: Knowledge Level, Test Items, English (Second Language), Reading Comprehension
Haberman, Shelby J. – Educational Testing Service, 2011
Alternative approaches are discussed for use of e-rater[R] to score the TOEFL iBT[R] Writing test. These approaches involve alternate criteria. In the 1st approach, the predicted variable is the expected rater score of the examinee's 2 essays. In the 2nd approach, the predicted variable is the expected rater score of 2 essay responses by the…
Descriptors: Writing Tests, Scoring, Essays, Language Tests
American Association of Community Colleges (NJ1), 2009
This publication contains information about community colleges, the largest and fastest growing sector of U.S. higher education. Designed especially for students thinking about studying abroad in America, this publication provides information about: (1) College selection, application and visa processes, traveling to the United States, living in…
Descriptors: Community Colleges, Higher Education, College Bound Students, College Choice
Laborda, Jesus Garcia; Royo, Teresa Magal – Online Submission, 2009
The IBT TOEFL has become the principal example of online high stakes language testing since 2005. Most instructors who do the preparation for IBT TOEFL face two main realities: first, students are eager and highly motivated to take the test because of the prospective implications; and, second, specific studies would be necessary to see if…
Descriptors: Private Schools, Second Language Learning, Familiarity, Testing
Educational Testing Service, 2008
The Test of English as a Foreign Language[TM], better known as TOEFL[R], is designed to measure the English-language proficiency of people whose native language is not English. TOEFL scores are accepted by more than 6,000 colleges, universities, and licensing agencies in 130 countries. The test is also used by governments, and scholarship and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Proficiency, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – European Association for Computer-Assisted Language Learning (EUROCALL), 2008
In recent years, the Educational Testing System organisation has developed two models of the computer-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). However, the computerization of the test has shown a number of problems according to the testees' origin. This paper suggests some of these problems after conducting short interviews with four…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, High Stakes Tests, Higher Education, Foreign Countries
Tsagari, Dina – Online Submission, 2007
The review presented and discussed in this paper explores the theoretical underpinnings and research findings of the washback of high-stakes tests in the field of language teaching and testing as well general education and suggests areas and ways of researching the phenomenon in the future. (Contains 1 figure and 1 table.)
Descriptors: Testing, Influences, Language Tests, High Stakes Tests
Labi, Aisha – Chronicle of Higher Education, 2006
Educators in Europe are complaining about mishandled changes in a key English-language test and are demanding that the Educational Testing Service (ETS), which runs the examination, delay plans to introduce its new online format in March 2006 in more than 100 countries. Critics of the planned change in the Test of English as a foreign Language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Universities, Foreign Students, Educational Testing
Jensen, Bruce – Library Journal, 2002
This article on collection development focuses on English as a Second Language (ESL) materials for public libraries. Highlights include supporting local school curriculum; independent study materials; criteria for selection; weeding guidelines; Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL); and an annotated bibliography that includes printed…
Descriptors: Annotated Bibliographies, Curriculum Development, English (Second Language), Independent Study
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Cumming, Alister – Assessing Writing, 2002
Contends that different ethical issues arise according to how the construct of writing is defined for assessment purposes. Explains that most formal assessments assume a pragmatic, functional definition of second-language writing in which an examinee's text production is judged normatively in respect to conventions. Discusses efforts to develop…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Ethics, Higher Education, Literary Devices
Lee, Yong-Won – 2001
An essay test is now an integral part of the computer based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-CBT). This paper provides a brief overview of the current TOEFL-CBT essay test, describes the operational procedures for essay scoring, including the Online Scoring Network (OSN) of the Educational Testing Service (ETS), and discusses major…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Essay Tests, Interrater Reliability
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Pandey, Anita – World Englishes, 2000
Draws attention to the validity of the Oakland School Board's resolution on Ebonics and to the value of English-as-a-Second-Language (ESL)-based approaches to teaching standard American English to speakers of other dialects. Demonstrates validity of comparisons made between monodialectal speakers of African-American language/Ebonics and ESL…
Descriptors: Black Dialects, Comparative Analysis, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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