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ERIC Number: EJ1009735
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Jun
Pages: 26
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 59
ISSN: ISSN-0039-8322
Comparing the Effects of Test Anxiety on Independent and Integrated Speaking Test Performance
Huang, Heng-Tsung Danny; Hung, Shao-Ting Alan
TESOL Quarterly: A Journal for Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages and of Standard English as a Second Dialect, v47 n2 p244-269 Jun 2013
Integrated speaking test tasks (integrated tasks) offer textual and/or aural input for test takers on which to base their subsequent oral responses. This path-analytic study modeled the relationship between test anxiety and the performance of such tasks and explored whether test anxiety would differentially affect the performance of independent speaking test tasks (independent tasks) and the performance of integrated tasks. A total of 352 students studying English as a foreign language took two independent tasks for which they spoke without input support, performed two integrated tasks for which they orally summarized the reading and listening input, and completed the state anxiety inventory twice. To avoid topic effects, half of them took the tasks on one topic combination, and the other half took the tasks on another combination. Path analyses of the data reveal that (1) test anxiety significantly affected integrated performance, (2) test anxiety impacted independent performance and integrated performance in a statistically equivalent way, and (3) topic effects were absent. These findings suggest that the advantage of integrated tasks over independent tasks might not relate to the reduction of test anxiety or its impact on test performance and that integrated tasks suffer the construct validity threat posed by test anxiety as much as independent tasks. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: State Trait Anxiety Inventory