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Chan, Jim Yee Him – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
This study tracked the development of Hong Kong's assessment practices for English pronunciation over the past four decades, with reference to the nativeness and intelligibility principles in L2 pronunciation research and pedagogy. Specifically, it evaluated changes in assessors' comments on candidates' English pronunciation performance in…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Pronunciation, Evaluation Methods
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Li, Hongli; Hunter, Charles Vincent; Bialo, Jacquelyn Anne – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
The purpose of this study is to review the status of differential item functioning (DIF) research in language testing, particularly as it relates to the investigation of sources (or causes) of DIF, which is a defining characteristic of the third generation DIF. This review included 110 DIF studies of language tests dated from 1985 to 2019. We…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Language Tests, Statistical Analysis, Evaluation Research
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MacGregor, David; Yen, Shu Jing; Yu, Xin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
How can one construct a test that provides accurate measurements across the range of performance levels while providing adequate coverage of all of the critical areas of the domain, yet that is not unmanageably long? This paper discusses the approach taken in a linear test of academic English language, and how the transition to a computer-based…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Language Proficiency, Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing
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Koizumi, Rie – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
In Japanese secondary schools, speaking assessment in English classrooms is designed, conducted, and scored by teachers. Although the assessment is intended to be used for summative and formative purposes, it is not regularly or adequately practiced. This paper reports the problems (i.e., lack of continuous speaking assessment, limited speaking…
Descriptors: Secondary Schools, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Min, Shangchao; Cai, Hongwen; He, Lianzhen – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
The present study examined the performance of the bi-factor multidimensional item response theory (MIRT) model and higher-order (HO) cognitive diagnostic models (CDM) in providing diagnostic information and general ability estimation simultaneously in a listening test. The data used were 1,611 examinees' item-level responses to an in-house EFL…
Descriptors: Listening Comprehension Tests, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Foreign Countries
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Huang, Heng-Tsung Danny; Hung, Shao-Ting Alan; Chao, Hsiu-Yi; Chen, Jyun-Hong; Lin, Tsui-Peng; Shih, Ching-Lin – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
Prompted by Taiwanese university students' increasing demand for English proficiency assessment, the absence of a test designed specifically for this demographic subgroup, and the lack of a localized and freely-accessible proficiency measure, this project set out to develop and validate a computerized adaptive English proficiency testing (E-CAT)…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Weideman, Albert – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
This paper will deal, firstly, with the South African context, that cries out for attention to responsible language assessment. The renewed interest in language testing in South Africa is well illustrated in assessments of language ability for educational purposes generally, and more specifically in the assessment of academic literacy. Secondly,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Testing, Academic Language
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Wudthayagorn, Jirada – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2022
One of the many education reforms in Thailand is a policy aimed at improving English language proficiency among university students. One direction in this policy requires that each university administer a standardized English language test to their students before they graduate, and that the students' scores should be aligned to the Common…
Descriptors: Educational Change, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Bourdeaud'Hui, Heleen; Aesaert, Koen; van Braak, Johan – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Effective listening comprehension skills are an important prerequisite for the academic success of primary school students. However, the assessment of listening skills in the instructional language appears to have received only scant attention in the literature. Therefore, the goal of the present study was twofold. Firstly, a comprehensive…
Descriptors: Native Language, Indo European Languages, Second Language Learning, Test Items
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Wagner, Elvis; Liao, Yen-Fen; Wagner, Santoi – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
L2 test developers often use scripted spoken texts in their L2 listening tests, because it is efficient and practical to create scripted spoken texts that meet predetermined test specifications. But because scripted spoken texts differ in a number of fundamental ways from unscripted spoken language, there are potential threats to validity when…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Grammar
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Hirch, R. Roz – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The following interview was conducted with Catherine Elder in spring of 2020, at the beginning of the pandemic. Cathie has had a varied career in language testing, including work at universities in Australia and New Zealand and at the Language Testing Resource Center in Melbourne. In this interview, Cathie shares some highlights of her somewhat…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Native Language Instruction, Second Language Instruction
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Kim, Susie – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Recent research conducted as part of the English Profile identified grammatical criterial features that are characteristic of each Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) proficiency level. The extent to which these criterial features attest in English learners of various first language backgrounds call for an empirical examination. In this…
Descriptors: Guidelines, Rating Scales, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Leung, Constant; Evans, Michael; Liu, Yongcan – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
The language assessment issues discussed in this paper are set against the backdrop of the English as an additional language (EAL) provision for students from ethnic and linguistic minority communities in the publicly funded school education system in England. We will first provide a background description of the educational response to linguistic…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), Foreign Countries
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Lee, Senyung; Lim, Gad S.; Basse, Rachel – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
This study investigated the extent to which an extended time limit in an argumentative writing test affects the quality of argumentation in L2 writing. Thirty-two adult ESL learners each wrote two essays on different prompts, one in 30┬áminutes and one in 45┬áminutes in a counter-balanced design. The 64 essays were analytically rated by four trained…
Descriptors: Second Language Instruction, Persuasive Discourse, Writing (Composition), Adult Learning
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Kyle, Kristopher; Crossley, Scott A.; Jarvis, Scott – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Indices of lexical diversity have been used to estimate the size of a writer's vocabulary and/or a writer's lexical proficiency for some time. One issue with many commonly used indices of lexical diversity (e.g., TTR and index) is that they vary as a function of text length. Accordingly, much research has been devoted to the development of indices…
Descriptors: Decision Making, Vocabulary Development, Computational Linguistics, Persuasive Discourse
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