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Ali Khodi; Logendra Stanley Ponniah; Amir Hossein Farrokhi; Fateme Sadeghi – Language Testing in Asia, 2024
The current article evaluates a national English language proficiency test known as the "MSRT test" which is used to determine the eligibility of candidates for admission to and completion of higher education programs in Iran. Students in all majors take this standardized, high-stake criterion-referenced test to determine if they have…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Reading Tests, Language Proficiency
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Shin, Dongil; Park, Soohyeon; Cho, Eunhae – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
Research on language planning and policy (LPP) has transcended beyond enacting government-initiated language policy and progressed towards uncovering inherent power relations. The discourse-analytical approach (DA) effectively captures the relation between texts and other elements of social practices. Therefore, this approach has been adopted to…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Educational Policy, Foreign Countries, Discourse Analysis
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Wolf, Mikyung Kim – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
In the US K-12 public school settings, each state's annual English language proficiency (ELP) assessment, as part of an educational accountability system, has tremendous impact on English learner (EL) students' academic paths and success. It is thus critical to establish a robust validation framework and empirical evidence to ensure that states'…
Descriptors: Correlation, Kindergarten, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Islam, Md Shaiful; Hasan, Md Kamrul; Sultana, Shahin; Karim, Abdul; Rahman, Mohammad Mosiur – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
The achievement of curriculum goals and objectives, to a large extent, depends on how assessment methods are designed, implemented, monitored, and evaluated. English language learning in Bangladesh has miserably failed, and ineffective assessment methods may be largely attributed to this failure. This paper attempts to address various aspects and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Instruction, Language Tests
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Rahman, Mohammad Mosiur; Islam, Md Shaiful; Karim, Abdul; Chowdhury, Takad Ahmed; Rahman, Muhammad Mushfiqur; Seraj, Prodhan Mahbub Ibna; Singh, Manjet Kaur Mehar – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Given the significance of English in the global world, English language teaching in Bangladesh has become subject to a supreme concern in maintaining economic growth and developing a skilled workforce. In this article, several barriers have been discussed based on a critical analysis of published materials.┬áThis review article covers several key…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English Instruction, English (Second Language), Educational Policy
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Sultana, Nasreen – Language Testing in Asia, 2018
This paper reviews the most important public English examination (matriculation exam) that students take at the end of their secondary education in Bangladesh. The examination is known as the Secondary School Certificate (SSC), which is taken at the end of Grade 10 in the mainstream education in the country. The score of SSC English examination is…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Secondary School Students, Scores
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Quaid, Ethan Douglas – Language Testing in Asia, 2018
This paper reviews the International English Language Testing System's speaking sub-test in the East Asia region with reference to theoretical and practice-based perspectives and identifies future research opportunities to enhance the measures of test qualities found. The test's construct validity was seen to accurately measure the abilities…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Speech Tests
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Jin, Yan; Wu, Zunmin; Alderson, Charles; Song, Weiwei – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Background: A project has recently been proposed by the National Education Examinations Authority, P. R. China, to develop a national framework of reference for English language education, provisionally called China Standards of English (CSE). In this article, we argue for the necessity of developing the framework of reference in China and…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Foreign Countries
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Lay, Alexandra; Patton, Elizabeth; Chalhoub-Deville, Micheline – Language Testing in Asia, 2017
Dynamic assessments in general, and game-based assessment (GBA) specifically, compel us to rethink prevailing language testing conceptualizations of context. Context has traditionally been portrayed with a cognitive orientation, which focuses on static abilities, ignores complex interactions, devalues the role of tasks in determining scores, and…
Descriptors: Alternative Assessment, Game Based Learning, Evaluation Methods, Language Tests
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Lockwood, Jane E. – Language Testing in Asia, 2015
LSP performance assessment has become a special focus for language testers in recent years where experts have debated how testing tools and processes can be strengthened to more accurately and more validly assess professional communication at work. Suggestions to achieve this include ethnographic studies of the target language situation; authentic…
Descriptors: Languages for Special Purposes, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Panahi, Parva; Birjandi, Parviz; Azabdaftari, Behrooz – Language Testing in Asia, 2013
Feedback is a key component of teaching second language writing. As the field of second language writing instruction has recently placed greater emphasis on sociocultural considerations, issues related to the nature, negotiation, and delivery of feedback need to be re-examined. The present paper sought to provide a sociocultural basis for such a…
Descriptors: Error Correction, Feedback (Response), Writing Instruction, Teaching Methods
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Sinwongsuwat, Kemtong – Language Testing in Asia, 2012
This paper reassesses the mainstream tasks used for evaluating Thai EFL learners' speaking skills: face-to-face interview and role-play. Based on final and preliminary findings from small-scale classroom research, it examines the capacity of these two tasks to assess the learners' conversation skills in particular and recommends a task that is…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Skills
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Sarich, Edward – Language Testing in Asia, 2012
Standardized testing is ubiquitous in Japan. Inexpensive and easily mass distributed, their use has been encouraged at every level of the education system. Over the past thirty years, external testing agencies have been increasingly relied upon to make standardized tests for use as benchmarks in the education system and in the private sector.…
Descriptors: Accountability, Testing, Standardized Tests, Foreign Countries
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Mckee, Steve – Language Testing in Asia, 2012
This review of research concerning reading comprehension provides incites into what has been learned from 1995 to the present. Reading comprehension is defined as a complex activity that involves several variables. Reading strategies are discussed and how they relate to reading comprehension. Testing is another concern regarding how reading…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Strategies, Testing, Reading Tests
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Jianrattanapong, Amporn – Language Testing in Asia, 2011
The paper presents weak points and certain strong washback effects from Thai university entrance examinations supporting hints to overcome some shortcomings from writing assessment and encourages the practices and classroom activities that enable graduates to have more competence in English communication particularly in writing skill.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, College Entrance Examinations, Test Results, Writing Evaluation
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