Understanding Language Testing

ISBN-10: 0340983434

ISBN-13: 9780340983430

Edition: 2010

Authors: Dan Douglas
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Book details

List price: $25.99
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
Publication date: 12/25/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 168
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.638
Language: English

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction: the rubber ruler
Why test language learning?
What is a language test?
What are the properties of measuring devices?
The rubber ruler
Tests, measurement and evaluation
Evaluation without measurement
Measurement without a test
Tests
Ethical uses of language tests
Reliability
Validity
Further reading
Exercises
Measuring language ability and making decisions
Measuring language ability
Making decisions about learners, teachers, programmes, and policies
Contexts of language use
Contextual features
Authenticity
Making valid interpretations of test performance
Consistency of measurement
Validity: evidence for interpretations of test performance
Conclusion: bias for best
Further reading
Exercises
Test development
What do I need to test? Needs analysis
Define the purpose of the test
Conduct a preliminary investigation
Collect primary data
Collect secondary data
Analyse target language use task and language characteristics
How am I going to test language abilities? Turning target language use tasks into test tasks
Developing a test task
Developing a blueprint for the test
Options for test tasks
How am I going to give the test? Test administration
Test environment
Personnel
Procedures
Scoring
How can my computer assist me in test development? Computer-based tools
Hot Potatoes
Moodle
WebCT
Conclusion
Further reading
Exercises
Alternatives in assessment
Norm-referenced and criterion-referenced tests
Communicative language tests
'General' and 'specific purpose' language tests
Discrete-point and integrative tests
Formative and summative assessment
Alternative approaches to assessment
Conference assessments
Portfolio assessment
Self- and peer-assessments
Task-based and performance assessment
Dynamic assessment
Summary
Conclusion
Further reading
Exercises
By the numbers: a statistics mini-course
Introduction
Normal distribution
The average or mean
Standard deviation
Standard deviation as a unit of measurement
Correlation
Probability and statistical significance
The t-test of the difference between two averages
Analysis of variance
Reliability
Split-half method
Internal consistency method
Standard error of measurement
The reliability of human raters
Conclusion
Further reading
Exercises
Technology and language testing
Introduction
Issues in technology and language testing
Technology and test taker attitudes
Language performance and different media
Technology and the construct to be measured
Technology and assessment tasks
The limits of automated scoring
Technology and language task types
Listening tasks
Integrated listening and speaking tasks
Writing tasks
Reading tasks
The promise and threats of automated scoring
Examples of current automated scoring programs
Concerns about automated scoring
Test feedback and reporting
Online and computer-based resources for statistics
Microsoft“ Excel
Online resources
Conclusion
Further reading
Exercises
Afterword: the rubber ruler revisited
References
Index
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