Language Testing The Social Dimension

ISBN-10: 1405155434
ISBN-13: 9781405155434
Edition: 2006
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Book details

List price: $56.95
Copyright year: 2006
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 11/10/2006
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 5.75" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.902
Language: English

This volume focuses on the social aspects of language testing, including assessment of socially situated language use and societal consequences of language tests. The authors argue that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary to examine the functions of tests on a societal scale. Considers these issues in relation to language assessment in oral proficiency interviews, and to the assessment of second language pragmatics. Argues that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary if we are to fully understand the social dimension of language assessment.

Richard F. Young is Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where he teaches courses in Sociolinguistics, English Syntax, Second Language Acquisition, and Research Methods. In his research, he investigates the relationship between the use of language and the social contexts that language reflects and creates. His books include Variation in Interlanguage Morphology (1991), Talking and Testing (1998), and Language and Interaction (2008). He has published over 50 articles in journals and anthologies and serves on the editorial boards of three major journals. He has served as President of the American Association for Applied Linguistics and Chair of the World Congress of Applied Linguistics.

Introduction
Validity and the social dimension of language assessment
Socially oriented concerns in traditional psychometric approaches
Language assessments at school: Social values and policy
Language tests and social identity
Socially oriented language test constructs: Tests of pragmatics
Socially oriented language test constructs: The role of the other
The social responsibility of language testing researchers: Codes of ethics
Implications for research and training
Conclusion

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