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Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline B. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The field of language testing has made great strides in measuring language use. It is a monolingual construct, however, that anchors standardized language testing operations and classroom practices. Language use and performance research, see for example the MLJ special issue of 2011, demands that language testing operations also consider…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Standardized Tests, Multilingualism
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Li, Minzi; Zhang, Xian – Language Testing, 2021
This meta-analysis explores the correlation between self-assessment (SA) and language performance. Sixty-seven studies with 97 independent samples involving more than 68,500 participants were included in our analysis. It was found that the overall correlation between SA and language performance was 0.466 (p < 0.01). Moderator analysis was…
Descriptors: Meta Analysis, Self Evaluation (Individuals), Likert Scales, Research Reports
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Hashimoto, Brett James – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
Modern vocabulary size tests are generally based on the notion that the more frequent a word is in a language, the more likely a learner will know that word. However, this assumption has been seldom questioned in the literature concerning vocabulary size tests. Using the Vocabulary of American-English Size Test (VAST) based on the Corpus of…
Descriptors: Word Frequency, Vocabulary Development, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Latifi, Syed; Gierl, Mark – Language Testing, 2021
An automated essay scoring (AES) program is a software system that uses techniques from corpus and computational linguistics and machine learning to grade essays. In this study, we aimed to describe and evaluate particular language features of Coh-Metrix for a novel AES program that would score junior and senior high school students' essays from…
Descriptors: Writing Evaluation, Computer Assisted Testing, Scoring, Essays
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Sierens, Sven; Van Gorp, Koen; Slembrouck, Stef; Van Avermaet, Piet – Language Learning, 2021
This study aimed to test three competing hypotheses concerning the strength of the cross-language relationship in listening comprehension proficiency in emergent bilinguals: Cummins's developmental linguistic interdependence hypothesis, Proctor, August, Snow, and Barr's interdependence continuum hypothesis, and Goodrich, Lonigan, Kleuver, and…
Descriptors: Turkish, Indo European Languages, Listening Comprehension, Language Proficiency
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Schissel, Jamie L.; Leung, Constant; Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
This special issue brings together research in multilingualism within applied linguistics to delineate conceptualizations of multilingualism as constructs amenable for classroom and standardized testing systems operations. Specifically, for language testing and assessment, there have been multiple calls for the field to embrace multilingual…
Descriptors: Multilingualism, Language Tests, Testing, Applied Linguistics
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Hille, Kathryn; Cho, Yeonsuk – Language Testing, 2020
Accurate placement within levels of an ESL program is crucial for optimal teaching and learning. Commercially available tests are commonly used for placement, but their effectiveness has been found to vary. This study uses data from the Ohio Program of Intensive English (OPIE) at Ohio University to examine the value of two commercially available…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Testing, English (Second Language), Language Tests
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Li, Xuelian – English Language Teaching, 2019
Based on the articles written by mainland Chinese scholars published in the most influential Chinese and international journals, the present article analyzed the language testing research, compared the tendencies of seven categories between 2000-2009 and 2010-2019, and put forward future research directions by referring to international hot…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Testing, Educational History, Futures (of Society)
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Mizumoto, Atsushi; Sasao, Yosuke; Webb, Stuart A. – Language Testing, 2019
The knowledge about affix plays a vital role in the development of word knowledge and vocabulary acquisition. A test for diagnostic information on the level of affix knowledge would be useful in order to inform the test users of what learners have gained or lacked in this integral component of vocabulary knowledge. This paper reports the…
Descriptors: Computer Assisted Testing, Adaptive Testing, College Students, English (Second Language)
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Kleijn, Suzanne; Pander Maat, Henk; Sanders, Ted – Language Testing, 2019
Although there are many methods available for assessing text comprehension, the cloze test is not widely acknowledged as one of them. Critiques on cloze testing center on its supposedly limited ability to measure comprehension beyond the sentence. However, these critiques do not hold for all types of cloze tests; the particular configuration of a…
Descriptors: Cloze Procedure, Language Tests, Semantics, Scoring
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Green, Brent A.; Lung, Ying Suet Michelle – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2021
In this commentary, we describe the English language placement adaptations we were required to make due to the world-wide COVID-19 pandemic. It includes a brief description of our placement test battery which was adapted to address our institution's move to a remote teaching/learning mode. A discussion of the major challenges we experienced, their…
Descriptors: Student Placement, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Gass, Susan; Van Gorp, Koen; Winke, Paula – Foreign Language Annals, 2019
This study represents program-level action research. A U.S. university Spanish language program had a goal for students to reach the ACTFL (2012) Intermediate Mid level after 2 years. An empirical question that resulted after regular end-of-year testing was whether the students were doing their best on assessments. To investigate this, 253…
Descriptors: Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Zhu, Jingtao; Gavarro, Anna – Journal of Child Language, 2019
Parameter setting is either precipitous (Gibson & Wexler, 1994) or it is gradual in response to input frequency (Yang, 2002, 2004). In this study, we compare these models against the empirical domain of subject and (direct) object drop in Mandarin. We conducted a corpus-based study of the speech of 47 Mandarin-speaking children aged 1;2-6;5,…
Descriptors: Mandarin Chinese, Computational Linguistics, Speech Communication, Databases
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Macqueen, Susy; Knoch, Ute; Wigglesworth, Gillian; Nordlinger, Rachel; Singer, Ruth; McNamara, Tim; Brickle, Rhianna – Language Testing, 2019
All educational testing is intended to have consequences, which are assumed to be beneficial, but tests may also have unintended, negative consequences (Messick, 1989). The issue is particularly important in the case of large-scale standardized tests, such as Australia's "National Assessment Program--Literacy and Numeracy" (NAPLAN), the…
Descriptors: Numeracy, Standardized Tests, National Curriculum, Testing Programs
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Egbert, Jesse – Language Testing, 2017
The use of corpora and corpus linguistic methods in language testing research is increasing at an accelerated pace. The growing body of language testing research that uses corpus linguistic data is a testament to their utility in test development and validation. Although there are many reasons to be optimistic about the future of using corpus data…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Computational Linguistics, Best Practices
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