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Nobuhiro Kamiya – Language Testing in Asia, 2024
This study investigated to what extent the scores of two English tests are correlated to each other, namely, the English test of the "Common Test for University Admissions" (Common Test, henceforth) in Japan and the "TOEIC Bridge", a commercially available English test developed by "Educational Testing Service" (ETS)…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Proficiency, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Akase, Masaki – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
The purpose of this study is to equate and further validate three forms of the vocabulary size test (VST) created by Aizawa and Mochizuki (2010). These three forms, VST 1, 2, and 3, were administered to a cohort of 189 high school students ranging in age from 16 to 18 in April of their 1st, 2nd, and 3rd year of high school. Although these…
Descriptors: Vocabulary Development, Vocabulary Skills, Language Tests, Longitudinal Studies
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Sato, Takanori – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Although some second language (L2) pedagogical approaches recognize critical thinking (CT) as an important skill, its assessment is challenging because it is not a well-defined construct with varying definitions. This study aimed to identify the relevant and salient features of argumentative essays that allow for the assessment of L2 students' CT…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Students, Content and Language Integrated Learning, English (Second Language)
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Ogawa, Chie – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
This study explored two assessment approaches to oral performances: analytical complexity, accuracy, and fluency (CAF) indices and human raters' evaluations. CAF indices are frequently used in second-language speaking (L2) research; however, because tasks are communicative and goal-oriented, the degree to which students achieve such communicative…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Evaluators, Audio Equipment, Accuracy
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Koizumi, Rie; Agawa, Toshie; Asano, Keiko; In'nami, Yo – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Background: Variations in the skill profiles of learners have become an important research area in recent years. However, there is a lack of empirical research on this topic in Japan. We conducted three studies to address this gap. Methods: Study 1 investigated the characteristics of the flat and uneven skill profiles of Japanese learners of…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Niimi, Noriyasu; Matsuura, Nobukazu – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Introduction: This paper describes the exploratory case and initial evaluation of the computer-based testing (CBT) prototype. The advantage of CBT over paper-based testing (PBT) is that it allows us to control the order of questions and provides test takers with continuous tasks capturing their thought processes. Additionally, their response…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Junior High School Students, Computer Assisted Testing, Reaction Time
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Hirai, Akiyo; Oka, Hideaki; Kato, Takeshi; Maeda, Hiroki – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Addressing the lack of English tests that measure critical thinking (CT) abilities of EFL learners, this study aims to develop an English Critical Thinking Test (ECTT) designed to measure the consistency, analysis, and inference CT skills. It is a follow-up to a pilot study to accumulate validity evidence for the use of the ECTT. A total of 262…
Descriptors: Test Construction, Test Validity, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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Yamanishi, Hiroyuki; Ono, Masumi; Hijikata, Yuko – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Background: In our research project, we have developed a scoring rubric for a second language (L2) summary writing for English as a foreign language (EFL) students in Japanese universities. This study aimed to examine the applicability of our five-dimensional rubric, which features both analytic and holistic assessments, to classrooms in the EFL…
Descriptors: Scoring Rubrics, Language Skills, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Zhou, Yujia; Yoshitomi, Asako – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Background: Research on the test-taker perception of assessments has been conducted under the assumption that negative test-taker perception may influence test performance by decreasing test-taking motivation. This assumption, however, has not been verified in the field of language testing. Building on expectancy-value theory, this study explored…
Descriptors: Computer Literacy, Computer Assisted Testing, College Students, Language Tests
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McDonald, Kurtis – Language Testing in Asia, 2018
This study was designed to determine how well existing analytic rating scales functioned in the assessment of low- to mid-proficiency Japanese university students' interactive English speaking ability when engaged in small group discussions. Many-facet Rasch measurement (MFRM) was employed to evaluate the quality of adapted rating scales for…
Descriptors: Rating Scales, Language Proficiency, College Students, English (Second Language)
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Sasaki, Miyuki – Language Testing in Asia, 2018
Background: This study investigates how the criterion-referenced (CR) approach has impacted relationships between goals, classroom practices, and student achievement in English education in Japan from 1994 to the present, a period covering three government-mandated administrations of a national curriculum (Course of Study). No study has…
Descriptors: Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Teaching Methods, Academic Achievement
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Nakata, Yoshiyuki; Ikeno, Osamu; Kimura, Yuzo; Naganuma, Naoyuki; Andrews, Stephen – Language Testing in Asia, 2018
Background: This study aims to develop a low-stakes assessment tool to establish a classroom English language benchmark that Japanese teachers of English can use for their own professional development purposes. To start with, we describe the differences between CLA (Classroom Language Assessment) in Hong Kong and the IDS (Integrative Diagnostic…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Language Teachers, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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He, Lianzhen; Chen, Dajian – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Background: The Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) developed by Council of Europe has been gaining popularity since its publication in 2001, and reshaping the practice in language teaching, learning and assessment not only across the European continent but also in many other places such as Japan (CEFR-J project). Some pioneering work…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Kamiya, Nobuhiro – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
The National Center Test is a test that high school graduates take in order to be matriculated into the majority of universities in Japan. Its English section (NCT), though, is scheduled to be replaced by commercially available private English tests of four skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing) due to the fact that NCT currently measures…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, High School Graduates
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Kimura, Yuzo; Nakata, Yoshiyuki; Ikeno, Osamu; Naganuma, Naoyuki; Andrews, Stephen – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Introduction: Since the Japanese government has called for English to be taught through English (Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, 2003), there has been increasing interest in English language classrooms in upper secondary schools. The government has proposed English proficiency scores that Japanese teachers of…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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