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Cheng, Liying; Sun, Youyi – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2015
This article draws on Kane's (2006) argument-based validation framework to synthesize evidence derived from a large-scale, mixed-method explanatory study on the impact of the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) on second language (L2) students. The purpose of the OSSLT is to ensure that students have acquired the essential reading and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Literacy, Reading Tests
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Cheng, Liying; Wang, Xiaoying – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2007
Grading, feedback, and reporting of student achievement are key elements that support learning. This article reports an interview study on a range of English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) teachers' classroom assessment practices at the tertiary level in Canada, Hong Kong, and China. The interviews focused on teachers' use of marking…
Descriptors: Feedback (Response), Student Evaluation, Grading, Foreign Countries
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Cheng, Liying; Fox, Janna – Language Teaching, 2013
This paper reviews a selected sample of 24 doctoral dissertations in language assessment (broadly defined), completed between 2006 and 2011 in Canadian universities. These dissertations fall into five thematic categories: 1) reliability, validity and factors affecting test performance; 2) washback (impact) and ethics; 3) raters, rating and rating…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Doctoral Dissertations, Mixed Methods Research, Language Research
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Im, Gwan-Hyeok; Cheng, Liying – Language Testing, 2019
The primary purpose of the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC®) is to measure the everyday English skills of individuals, who speak a first language other than English, working in an international environment (ETS, 2015a, 2016a; Powers & Powers, 2015). The TOEIC also has six secondary purposes: (1) to verify the current…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Proficiency
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Cheng, Liying; Rogers, W. Todd; Wang, Xiaoying – Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 2008
University instructors' classroom assessments play a central role in and inevitably influence their teaching and their students' learning. This paper reports on a comparative interview study conducted in a range of three ESL/EFL university contexts in Canada, Hong Kong and China. Six major aspects of ESL/EFL classroom assessment practices were…
Descriptors: Student Evaluation, Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, Teaching Methods
Doe, Christine; Cheng, Liying; Fox, Janna; Klinger, Don; Zheng, Ying – Canadian Journal of Education, 2011
The importance of first language (L1) and second language (L2) test takers' experience with large-scale literacy testing has been well documented in educational research. Our study focused on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT), a cross-curricular literacy test that is one of the graduation requirements for Ontario high school…
Descriptors: Educational Research, Graduation Requirements, Measures (Individuals), Foreign Countries
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Cheng, Liying; Sun, Youyi – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2015
This study investigated Chinese secondary school English language teachers' grading decision making, focusing on the factors they considered and types of assessment they used for grading. A questionnaire was issued to 350 secondary school English language teachers in China. Descriptive analyses of the questionnaire data showed that these teachers…
Descriptors: Grading, Decision Making, English (Second Language), Language Teachers
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Cheng, Liying; Andrews, Stephen; Yu, Ying – Language Testing, 2011
School-based assessment (SBA) has recently been introduced into the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examinations (HKCEE) in English. The present study was conducted within the context of this assessment change to investigate students' and parents' perceptions of the impact of SBA. Two surveys were employed to explore students' and parents'…
Descriptors: Student Attitudes, Learning Activities, Student Surveys, Foreign Countries
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Ma, Jia; Cheng, Liying – TESL Canada Journal, 2015
Test preparation for high-stakes English language tests has received increasing research attention in the language assessment field; however, little is known about what aspects of test preparation students attend to and value. In this study, we considered the perspectives of 12 Chinese students who were enrolled in various academic programs in a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Test Preparation
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Sun, Youyi; Cheng, Liying – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2014
This study explores the meaning Chinese secondary school English language teachers associate with the grades they assign to their students, and the value judgements they make in grading. A questionnaire was issued to 350 junior and senior school English language teachers in China. The questionnaire data were analysed both quantitatively and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Grading, Secondary School Teachers, English Teachers
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Myles, Johanne; Cheng, Liying; Wang, Hong – Teaching & Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies, 2006
The Alternative Teacher Accreditation Program for Teachers with International Experience (ATAPTIE) is a special Bachelor of Education program funded by the Ontario government in Canada to provide new immigrants with the skills and knowledge needed to re-certify and find jobs in Ontario elementary schools. This paper presents interview data that…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Immigrants, Acculturation, Elementary School Teachers
Cheng, Liying; Milnes, Terry – TESL Canada Journal, 2008
Given the increasing numbers of ESL students in Canadian classrooms, this study investigated how teachers of mainstream classes assess the written work of ESL students and whether they use different assessment strategies for ESL versus non-ESL students. Interviews were conducted with seven mainstream teachers from a private high school in Ontario.…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Second Language Learning
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Cheng, Liying; Rogers, Todd; Hu, Huiqin – Language Testing, 2004
Student assessment plays a central and important role in teaching and learning. Teachers devote a large part of their preparation time to creating instruments and observation procedures, marking, recording, and synthesizing results in informal and formal reports in their daily teaching. A number of studies of the assessment practices used by…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Student Evaluation, Evaluation Methods, English (Second Language)
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Fox, Janna; Cheng, Liying – Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 2007
Within the context of increasing numbers of second language (L2) learners in Canadian schools and expanding standards-driven testing frameworks, a passing score on the Ontario Secondary School Literacy Test (OSSLT) is a recently imposed secondary school graduation requirement in Ontario. There is evidence, however, that tests designed on the basis…
Descriptors: Program Effectiveness, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Inferences
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Cheng, Liying – Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 2012
Research has demonstrated that second language immersion is an effective means of facilitating primary school students' second language acquisition without undermining their competence in their first language. Despite the rapid growth of Chinese-English bilingual programmes in China, limited empirical research has been conducted thus far by which…
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Bilingual Education, Learning Processes, Foreign Countries
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