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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
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Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Magal-Royo, Teresa; de Siqueira Rocha, Jose Macario; Alvarez, Miguel Fernandez – Computers & Education, 2010
Although much has been said about ergonomics in interface and in computer tools and interface design, very few articles in major journals have addressed this topic in relation to language testing. This article describes an experiment carried out at the Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain, in which 27 Media and Communication students provided…
Descriptors: Educational Testing, Language Tests, Foreign Countries, Internet
Garcia Laborda, Jesus; Litzler, Mary Frances; Gonzalez Such, Jose; Bakieva, Margarita; Otero de Juan, Nuria – Online Submission, 2012
Background: University Entrance Examinations provide information the student's opportunities to succeed in their academic university career. However, the current foreign language paper of the Spanish University Entrance Examination does no permit to obtain enough evidence to make academic inferences. Purpose of Study: The purpose of this study was…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Tests, Feedback (Response)
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Pareja-Lora, Antonio, Ed.; Calle-Martínez, Cristina, Ed.; Rodríguez-Arancón, Pilar, Ed. – Research-publishing.net, 2016
This volume offers a comprehensive, up-to-date, empirical and methodological view over the new scenarios and environments for language teaching and learning recently emerged (e.g. blended learning, e-learning, ubiquitous learning, social learning, autonomous learning or lifelong learning), and also over some of the new approaches to language…
Descriptors: Teaching Methods, Technology Uses in Education, Educational Technology, Telecommunications
García Laborda, Jesús; López Santiago, Mercedes; Otero de Juan, Nuria; Álvarez Álvarez, Alfredo – Online Submission, 2014
Current evolutions of language testing have led to integrating computers in FSP assessments both in oral and written communicative tasks. This paper deals with two main issues: learners' expectations about the types of questions in FSP computer based assessments and the relation with their own experience. This paper describes the experience of 23…
Descriptors: French, Languages for Special Purposes, Communicative Competence (Languages), Computer Assisted Testing
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
Laborda, Jesus Garcia – Online Submission, 2009
The implications of new learning environments have been far-reaching and pervasive (Plass, 1998), at least in the field of interface design both in traditional computer and mobile devices (Fallahkhair, Pemberton, & Griffiths, 2007). Given the current status of efficient models, educators need the unproven unification of interfaces and working…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Instruction, Computer Interfaces, Design, Handheld Devices
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2007
Interface design and ergonomics, while already studied in much of educational theory, have not until recently been considered in language testing (Fulcher, 2003). In this paper, we revise the design principles of PLEVALEX, a fully operational prototype Internet based language testing platform. Our focus here is to show PLEVALEX's interfaces and…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Internet, Computer Assisted Testing, Test Validity
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2006
Computers have become a solution for many traditional problems from the kitchen to the school. It is not, therefore, uncommon to use them to solve existing problems. It is also quite frequent that different educational needs can lead to similar solutions. For instance, the Australian immigration services use a number of exams to allow the access…
Descriptors: Foreign Students, College Students, Testing, Language Tests
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2005
In general, ESP textbooks tend to reflect methodological trends, educational fashions and changing contents. Undeniably, their quality has increased in the last 15 years and they tend to cater for most students' needs regardless of the pupils' field of study. However, those related to English teaching and learning for tourism studies do not…
Descriptors: Travel, Tourism, Textbooks, Comparative Analysis
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2003
The main purpose of this paper is to describe the basic findings obtained as a result of the implementation of two projects of Computer and Information Technologies held in Valencia (Spain) between 2002 and 2003 with 92 second year university students enrolled in English as a foreign language to find out their ICT and foreign language needs both…
Descriptors: Student Needs, College Students, Computer Uses in Education, English for Special Purposes
Garcia Laborda, Jesus – Online Submission, 2002
"Turismo" students usually bring different attitudes, interests, and levels of competence, in their orientation towards learning foreign languages than those shared by other types of students of English, even those for whom English may only be a requirement to obtain a degree (Garcia Laborda, 2001). While, in the future,…
Descriptors: Individual Characteristics, Student Attitudes, English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning
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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 – 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
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Magal-Royo, Teresa; García Laborda, Jesús – Online Submission, 2018
Normalization of design rules and guidelines in English language tests to help future instructors and assessment developers in the field of examination of English as a foreign language have not been defined sufficiently until present days. In fact, there are several experiences and investigations related to the user's experiences in the handling…
Descriptors: Language Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Computer Assisted Testing
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