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Qinling Zhou; Fengjiao Du; Yueli Lu; Hanwei Wang; Herman; Shunzhi Yang – Language Testing in Asia, 2024
This study investigates the evolution of reading comprehension abilities in Indonesian learners of the Chinese Heritage Language (CHL), by comparing their scores on the Chinese Proficiency Test, a test specifically designed for CHL learners. A total of 275 candidates, divided into early adolescent (M[subscript age] = 13.56), late adolescent…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Adolescents, Young Adults, Second Language Learning
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Ahmed Abdel-Al Ibrahim, Khaled; Cuba Carbajal, Nestor; Zuta, Manuel Enrique Chenet; Bayat, Sania – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
This research set to examine the impacts of collaborative learning (CL), scaffolding instruction, and self-assessment on reading anxiety, reading motivation, and reading comprehension of Iranian EFL learners. Based on Preliminary English Test (PET) results, a sample of 58 students was chosen to represent the study's sample subject out of a total…
Descriptors: Cooperative Learning, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Self Evaluation (Individuals), Reading
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Al-Rashidi, Anwar Hammad; Vadivel, Balachandran; Khalil, Nawroz Ramadan; Basim, Nirvana – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
This research was carried out to comparatively study the impacts of portfolio-based assessment, self-assessment, and scaffolded peer assessment on reading comprehension, vocabulary learning, and grammatical accuracy of Afghan English as a foreign language learners. To accomplish this, 172 learners enrolled at a language institute, through an…
Descriptors: Comparative Analysis, Portfolios (Background Materials), Evaluation Methods, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
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Zadkhast, Mahtab; Rezvani, Ehsan; Lotfi, Ahmad Reza – Language Testing in Asia, 2023
The current study set out to investigate the effects of concurrent group dynamic assessment (GDA) and cumulative GDA on Iranian EFL learners' development of reading comprehension micro-skills. To this end, a convenience sample of 60 intermediate undergraduate EFL university students that were selected based on the results of a placement test and…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Undergraduate Students
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Ritonga, Mahyudin; Tazik, Khalil; Omar, Abdulfattah; Saberi Dehkordi, Elham – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Assessment is an inseparable part of teaching and learning, and it helps teachers and students to modify their teaching and learning processes. One type of assessment is peer assessment (PA), and its effects were examined on developing Iranian EFL learners' reading comprehension (RC), reading motivation (RM) and vocabulary learning (VL) in this…
Descriptors: Peer Evaluation, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Reading Comprehension
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Moradi, Elahe; Ghabanchi, Zargham; Pishghadam, Reza – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Given the significance of the test fairness, this study aimed to investigate a reading comprehension test for evidence of differential item functioning (DIF) based on English as a Foreign Language (EFL) learners' gender and their mode of learning (conventional vs. distance learning). To this end, 514 EFL learners were asked to take a 30-item…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Test Bias, Test Items, Second Language Learning
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Heydarnejad, Tahereh; Tagavipour, Fariba; Patra, Indrajit; Farid Khafaga, Ayman – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
The types of assessment tasks affect the learners' psychological well-being and the process of learning. For years, educationalists were in search of finding and implementing accurate and convenient approaches to assess learners efficiently. Despite the significant role of performance-based assessment (PBA) in affecting second/foreign language…
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, Reading Comprehension, Reading Achievement, Student Motivation
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Tarlani-Aliabadi, Hasan; Tazik, Khalil; Azizi, Zeinab – Language Testing in Asia, 2022
Though the empirical findings of the past studies in the literature have offered strong support to the significant role of language knowledge and background knowledge in reading comprehension, this issue has not been explored with regard to specific purposes tests in the Iranian higher education context. Therefore, this study aimed at exploring…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Readability Formulas, Readability, Prior Learning
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Jamalzadeh, Mehri; Lotfi, Ahmad Reza; Rostami, Masoud – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
The current study sought to examine the validity of a General English Achievement Test (GEAT), administered to university students in the fall semester of 2018-2019 academic year, by hybridizing differential information (DIF) and differential distractor function (DDF) analytical models. Using a purposive sampling method, from the target population…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Achievement Tests, Undergraduate Students, Islam
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Ha, Hung Tan – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
The article presents an empirical study that investigates the single- and cross-modality relationships between different dimensions of receptive vocabulary knowledge and language skills, as well as the importance of academic vocabulary knowledge in academic listening and reading comprehension. An Updated Vocabulary Levels Test (UVLT), a Vietnamese…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Vocabulary Development, Word Lists
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Geramipour, Masoud – Language Testing in Asia, 2021
Rasch testlet and bifactor models are two measurement models that could deal with local item dependency (LID) in assessing the dimensionality of reading comprehension testlets. This study aimed to apply the measurement models to real item response data of the Iranian EFL reading comprehension tests and compare the validity of the bifactor models…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language), Reading Tests
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Moghadam, M.; Nasirzadeh, F. – Language Testing in Asia, 2020
The present study tries to investigate the fairness of an English reading comprehension test employing Kunnan's (2004) test fairness framework (TFF) as the most comprehensive model available for test fairness. The participants of this study comprised 300 freshman students taking general English course chosen based on the availability sampling,…
Descriptors: Test Bias, Reading Tests, Reading Comprehension, Test Items
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Lim, Hyojung – Language Testing in Asia, 2020
The current study aims to explore the cognitive validity of the iBT TOEFL reading test by investigating test takers' eye movements on individual items. It is assumed that successful test takers would adopt the intended reading processes, the same types and levels of cognitive processes that they would use for real-world reading tasks. Forty-seven…
Descriptors: Test Validity, High Stakes Tests, Second Language Learning, Language Tests
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Firoozi, Tahereh; Razavipour, Kioumars; Ahmadi, Alireza – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Teachers' assessment literacy has recently captured the attention of scholars across various educational contexts. The literature has it that there is a gap between teachers' assessment practices and national assessment policies. The present study investigated the assessment needs of Iranian EFL teachers in the wake of the new assessment reform,…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Evaluation Methods, Teacher Competencies, Language Teachers
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Lim, Hyojung – Language Testing in Asia, 2019
Background: This study aims to empirically answer the question of whether the role of sub-reading skills changes depending on the test format (e.g., multiple-choice vs. open-ended reading questions). The test format effect also addresses the issue of test validity--whether the reading test properly elicits construct-relevant reading skills or…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Format, Language Tests, English (Second Language)
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