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Nuttall, Lee – Reading Matrix: An International Online Journal, 2019
This report discusses why Japan continues to struggle with and appears on the surface to be reluctant to embrace the English language as a medium to conduct business and indeed tourism as opposed to their South East Asian neighbours. The topics covered were the historical context of Japan's isolationist policy, Japan's educational system, and…
Descriptors: Comparative Education, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Toker, Deniz – TESL-EJ, 2019
The central purpose of this paper is to examine validity problems arising from the multiple-choice items and technical passages in the Test of English as a Foreign Language Internet-based Test (TOEFL iBT) reading section, primarily concentrating on construct-irrelevant variance (Messick, 1989). My personal TOEFL iBT experience, along with my…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Testing
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Sinclair, Jeanne; Larson, Elizabeth Jean; Rajendram, Shakina – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The number of internationally mobile students pursuing higher education increases each year, with 8 million students expected to study abroad globally by 2025 (Farrugia, 2014). Many English-dominant universities require international applicants to provide standardized test scores as evidence of English proficiency. Accordingly, millions of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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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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Biber, Douglas; Gray, Bethany; Staples, Shelley – Applied Linguistics, 2016
In the present article, we explore the extent to which previous research on register variation can be used to predict spoken/written task-type variation as well as differences across score levels in the context of a major standardized language exam (TOEFL iBT). Specifically, we carry out two sets of linguistic analyses based on a large corpus of…
Descriptors: Predictor Variables, Scores, Standardized Tests, Language Tests
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Bridgeman, Brent – Educational Measurement: Issues and Practice, 2016
Scores on essay-based assessments that are part of standardized admissions tests are typically given relatively little weight in admissions decisions compared to the weight given to scores from multiple-choice assessments. Evidence is presented to suggest that more weight should be given to these assessments. The reliability of the writing scores…
Descriptors: Multiple Choice Tests, Scores, Standardized Tests, Comparative Analysis
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Crossley, Scott; Kyle, Kristopher; Salsbury, Thomas – Modern Language Journal, 2016
This study investigates relations between second language (L2) lexical input and output in terms of word information properties (i.e., lexical salience; Ellis, 2006a). The data for this study come from a longitudinal corpus of naturalistic spoken data between L2 learners and first language (L1) interlocutors collected over a year's time. The…
Descriptors: Language Usage, Language Research, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics
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Suebsook, Khwanchanok; Adunyarittigun, Dumrong – PASAA: Journal of Language Teaching and Learning in Thailand, 2016
The rise of medical tourism and the increasing number of international patients from Asian countries have led Thai healthcare professionals to serve a lot of Asian patients and to encounter a complexity of language use in their workplace. There is a necessity for these professionals to strive for an understanding of Asian accents spoken by the…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Health Occupations, Foreign Nationals, Patients
Smith, Jerry – Online Submission, 2015
This paper discusses the similarities between the Bible record of the Tower of Babel and the resulting confusion of languages and how it relates to modern times and the trend we see of English as an International Language (EIL). This paper then briefly examines the trend of being culturally sensitive in EIL by accepting cultural or "world…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Grammar, Phonetics
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Hill, Kathryn; McNamara, Tim – Measurement: Interdisciplinary Research and Perspectives, 2015
Those who work in second- and foreign-language testing often find Koretz's concern for validity inferences under high-stakes (VIHS) conditions both welcome and familiar. While the focus of the article is more narrowly on the potential for two instructional responses to test-based accountability, "reallocation" and "coaching,"…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Test Validity, High Stakes Tests, Inferences
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Kasula, Alex – CATESOL Journal, 2015
This article looks at my reflection as a teacher during a master's degree practicum for a Second Language Studies Program. This particular practicum differs from the other common student teacher-training courses found in master's programs as it incorporated a teacher-training session on conducting action research (AR) in the classroom, a practice…
Descriptors: Action Research, Practicums, Student Teacher Attitudes, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Gonzalez Such, Jose; Alvarez Alvarez, Alfredo – Online Submission, 2015
Testing is an issue of increasing importance. While for many teachers language learning should be communicative; in fact, they expect their students to provide evidence of their knowledge. Thus, there is a clear mismatch on the approach to language teaching and language testing. As a consequence, there is an evident need change the testing…
Descriptors: Teacher Attitudes, Educational Testing, Foreign Countries, Grade 12
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Frantz, Roger S.; Bailey, Alison L.; Starr, Laura; Perea, Luis – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2014
The current focus across the U.S. on student college and career readiness standards makes clear that both instruction and assessment of academic English will continue to be important for school-age English learner (EL) students. This article presents an overview and summary of key literature on academic language (usually academic English);…
Descriptors: Academic Discourse, English Language Learners, State Standards, Language Proficiency
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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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