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Zoe L. Handley; Haiping Wang – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2024
This paper explores what the measures of utterance fluency typically employed in Automatic Speech Evaluation (ASE), i.e. automated speaking assessments, tell us about oral proficiency. 60 Chinese learners of English completed the second part of the speaking section of IELTS and six tasks designed to measure the linguistic knowledge and processing…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Speech Evaluation, Graduate Students, Articulation (Speech)
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Ingela Holmström; Krister Schönström; Magnus Ryttervik – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2024
There is a lack of tests available for assessing sign language proficiency among L2 learners. We have therefore developed a sign repetition test, SignRepL2, with a specific focus on the phonological features of signs. This paper describes the two phases of developing this test. In the first phase, content was developed in the form of 50 items with…
Descriptors: Sign Language, Novices, Task Analysis, Second Language Learning
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Nazlinur Gokturk; Evgeny Chukharev – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2024
While several studies support the appropriateness of tasks delivered through Spoken Dialog Systems (SDSs) for L2 oral communication assessment, few studies have explored the construct of interactional competence (IC) as measured by such tasks. This study aims to address this gap in the literature by investigating the use of IC features by high-…
Descriptors: Group Discussion, Interpersonal Communication, Interaction, Dialogs (Language)
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Ding, Wenjun; Yu, Guoxing – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
This paper examined to what extent causal explanation speaking tasks (CESTs) are cognitively appropriate for assessing young language learners' (YLLs) L2 speaking. Ninety-six YLLs (48 from Grade 4 and 6 each) in China performed two CESTs in both L1 (Chinese) and L2 (English). They also completed receptive and productive L2 vocabulary size tests.…
Descriptors: Speech Communication, Language Tests, Vocabulary Development, Native Language
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McLeod, Melissa; Cheng, Liying – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
The Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) Test was designed for immigration and citizenship in Canada. CELPIP is a computer-based English-language proficiency test which covers all four skills. This test review provides a description of the test and its construct, tasks, and delivery. Then, it appraises CELPIP for…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Arai, Yuya – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
Proponents of extensive reading argue that test-oriented language teaching and learning could discourage extensive reading practice. However, this has not been examined empirically. Given the possibility that the consistency of reading texts used in extensive reading and entrance examinations is one source of washback, the present study employed a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Difficulty Level, Reading Instruction, High School Students
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Marinho, Nathalie L.; Witmer, Sara E.; Jess, Nicole; Roschmann, Sarina – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
The use of accommodations is often recommended to remove barriers to academic testing among English Learners (ELs). However, it is unclear whether accommodations are particularly effective at improving ELs' test scores. A growing foundation of empirical work has explored this topic. We conducted a meta-analysis that examined several possible…
Descriptors: English Language Learners, Testing Accommodations, Barriers, Scores
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Lin, Rongchan – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
Communication in the real world often entails the interpretation, evaluation, and integration of content from different sources. However, it appears that the ability to integrate content into discourse has not been explicitly scored for in existing studies. This study operationalizes content integration in the analytic scoring of a…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, Generalization, Chinese, Second Language Learning
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Yang, Yanfeng; Qian, David D. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
Built on Vygotsky's Sociocultural Theory, Dynamic Assessment (DA) integrates teaching and assessment through mediator-learner interactions to promote learner development. This study employed interactionist DA to diagnose Chinese university EFL learners' reading difficulties and promote their reading proficiency in a seven-week study. The design…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension, Evaluation Methods
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Jia, Lin; Cai, Jianyong; Wang, Jianqin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
In Dynamic Assessment (DA), the observation that individuals respond differently to support, or mediation, is important for diagnoses of development. The concept of learning potential refers to openness to mediation, i.e., the extent of change to performance when mediation is available, which may suggest learners will need less overall instruction…
Descriptors: Learning Processes, Teaching Methods, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Zhang, Yanhong; Xi, Jiao – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
Research into metacognition has found it to facilitate self-regulation and correlate to learners' L2 writing level. Following Lee & Mak's (2018) framework of Metacognitive Instruction (MI) for L2 writing classrooms, this study applies Dynamic Assessment (DA) to writing MI (MI-DA) in a rural middle school EFL class in China. A one-semester…
Descriptors: Metacognition, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Correlation
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Sun, Zhijun; Xu, Peng; Wang, Jianqin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
The construct of "learning potential" has been proposed to capture differences between learner independent performance and performance during Dynamic Assessment (DA). This paper introduces a new LPS formula implemented in a DA study involving Pakistani learners of L2 Chinese. Learners were randomly assigned to a control or experimental…
Descriptors: Chinese, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Evaluation Methods
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Liang, Yaqing; Li, Yanzhi; Sang, Zhonggang – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
This study investigated how peer-mediated Dynamic Assessment (DA) unfolded in translation revision competence (TRC) of students of Master's degree of Translation and Interpreting (MTI) in China. Thirty subjects first completed three revision tasks and were then rated as high- or low-level performers according to their average scores across the…
Descriptors: Translation, Student Evaluation, Peer Evaluation, Revision (Written Composition)
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Tang, Youjun; Ma, Xiaomei – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
This article explores the value of dynamic assessment (DA) for college English writing (CEW), a required course for millions of students in China that typically enrolls 50 students in each class. An interventionist approach to DA, in which mediation and administration are standardized, was selected and supplemented with a…
Descriptors: Intervention, Evaluation Methods, College Second Language Programs, Writing Instruction
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North, Brian; Piccardo, Enrica – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2023
This paper presents a methodology for directly aligning 'can do' frameworks to each other. The methodology, inspired by the manual for relating examinations to the "Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment" (CEFR) (Council of Europe, 2009) and Kane's (2004, 2013) interpretative argument, takes…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Proficiency, Rating Scales
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