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Rafi, Fahimeh; Pourdana, Natasha – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
Differentiated second/foreign language (L2) instruction (DI) has received growing attention in pedagogical research. Yet, as a cornerstone of inclusive education, the DI is still under-documented. In this study, we integrated diagnostic assessment (DIA) and collaborative language learning in a differentiated (tiered) oral tasks intervention and…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Academic Achievement, Language Proficiency, English (Second Language)
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Nikmard, Fateme; Tavassoli, Kobra; Pourdana, Natasha – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
The idea of sources other than the test-takers' knowledge leading to different results on high-stakes tests was the motif based on which the present investigation was initiated on the probable sources of unreliability of a test. For this purpose, the researchers went through a thorough literature review with the aim to identify the issues to be…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Reliability, High Stakes Tests, College Entrance Examinations
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Pourdana, Natasha; Tavassoli, Kobra – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Portfolio assessment (PA) as an assessment "for" learning (AfL) alternative has been under-represented in second/foreign language acquisition (SLA) research literature. This study examined the potential impacts of electronic PA (e-PA) on English-as-a-Foreign-Language (EFL) learners' engagement modes in descriptive and narrative genres of…
Descriptors: Electronic Publishing, Portfolio Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), College Students
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Pourdana, Natasha; Asghari, Soheila – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
The present study explored the extent to which teacher assessment (TA) and peer assessment (PA) differ in terms of magnitude and patterns of distribution across English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' descriptive and narrative writing performance. Twenty Persian-speaking EFL learners were non-randomly selected and voluntarily participated in…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Writing (Composition), Student Evaluation