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Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Robles, Valencia – Online Submission, 2017
Computer based testing has become a prevailing tendency in education. Each year, a large number of students take online language tests everywhere in the world. In fact, there is a tendency to make these tests more and more used due to their low cost of delivery. However, many students are forced to take them despite their interests, feelings and…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing, Questionnaires
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2016
This research addresses the change in how the Spanish University Entrance Examination can be delivered in the future. There is a wide acknowledgement that computer tests are very demanding for the delivering institutions which makes computer language testing difficult to implement. However, the use of tablet PCs can facilitate the delivery at even…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests
Litzler Jerman, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2016
This paper discusses the results of a study conducted with 218 students in the final year of high school to determine their opinions about the feasibility of using a tablet PC for delivery of a standardized English language test. One such test could be the English paper of the exam given to students upon completion of the Baccalaureate program in…
Descriptors: Standardized Tests, Student Attitudes, Handheld Devices, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; García Esteban, Soraya – Online Submission, 2016
Anthropology has paid close attention to linguistic interaction and foreign language learning. This study approaches the use of dialogic learning that has strong roots in anthropology, sociology and applied linguistics. Following earlier research on teaching content in English in different subjects of teacher training through dialogic interaction,…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Luque Agullo, Gloria; Muñoz, Ana Isabel; Bakieva, Margarita – Online Submission, 2015
The debate over the Foreign Language Test (English) in the University Entrance Examination (PAU) has become a critical issue in the Spanish Educational system. Despite the Ministry of Education's interest in changing a test that has its strong emphasis on reading, writing and grammar but a general negligence towards listening and speaking, limited…
Descriptors: College Freshmen, College Entrance Examinations, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Litzler, Mary Frances – Online Submission, 2015
Interest in Languages for Specific Purposes (LSP)courses has grown in recent years (Harding, 2007). For this reason a paper on the current situation in the field is of relevance. The present article provides a discussion of English for Specific Purposes and it does so by reviewing the history and background of this area of teaching, proposing a…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Needs Assessment, Teacher Characteristics, Student Characteristics
Amengual-Pizarro, Marian; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2015
This study is an attempt to explore the nature of L2 teachers' motivation towards English language learning and their decision to become English teachers. A total of 45 third-year prospective Primary school English teachers at the University of the Balearic Islands completed a small-scale survey adapted from Gardner's Attitude/Motivation Test…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Teachers
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Barcena Madera, Elena – Online Submission, 2015
Over the few years, computer based language testing has become prevailing worldwide. The number of institutions the use computers as the main means of delivery has increased dramatically. Many students face each day tests for well-known high-stakes decisions which imply the knowledge and ability to use technology to provide evidence of language…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Computer Assisted Testing, High Stakes Tests, Language Tests
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Gimenez Lopez, Jose L. – Online Submission, 2015
Assessing speaking is one of the most difficult tasks in computer based language testing. Many countries all over the world face the need to implement standardized language tests where speaking tasks are commonly included. However, a number of problems make them rather impractical such as the costs, the personnel involved, the length of time for…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Telecommunications, Computer Mediated Communication, Computer Assisted Testing
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal Royo, Teresa; Rodriguez Lazaro, Nieves; Marugan, L. Fuentes – Online Submission, 2015
Modern trends in educational technology have evidenced the increasing importance of mobile devices in language learning. The need of sophisticated devices that can facilitate lifelong learning wherever the students might be. Facilitating learning, however, implies that students have to be assessed through the same delivery models that are used in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Educational Technology, Handheld Devices, Language Tests
Magal Royo, Teresa; Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Gimenez Lopez, Jose Luis; Otero de Juan, Nuria – Online Submission, 2015
Ubiquitous language learning and testing has become a new challenging trend. Budget constraints in Europe and the rest of the world have made this way of delivery very attractive for materials designers as well as language testing organizations. Ubiquitous testing has a very especial interest in low and medium stakes language testing in which…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Computer Assisted Testing, Language Tests, Telecommunications
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
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2015
Spain is currently living a transitional situation. In 2013 a new educational law was passed, the Organic Law that Modifies the Quality of Education (LOMCE). That law, among many other aspects, introduces the use of standardized external tests either to (1) guide or provide suggestions for the educational track, or (2) to obtain inferences towards…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Standardized Tests, Testing Problems
Litzler, Mary Frances; Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2015
Designing tests is a sophisticated task due to issues such as rubrics, validation and impact. Delivery has become another key issue in recent years. Recent research projects in Spain (García Laborda et al.s, 2010, García Laborda, 2012; García Laborda et al., 2014; Bueno Alastuey et al., 2014) have been working mainly with technological devices as…
Descriptors: Handheld Devices, Educational Technology, Language Tests, Computer Assisted Testing
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Bejarano, Luis G.; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Litzler, Mary Frances; Megias Rosa, Manuel – Online Submission, 2014
Problem Statement: One of the most frequently neglected aspects of testing is teachers' attitudes. Overall, in-service teachers may have a preconception of what testing means and what its implications are both in high and low stakes testing. However, very few studies have addressed the realities or opinions of pre-service teachers. Methods: Two…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Teacher Attitudes, Foreign Countries, Pilot Projects
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