Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: The Interface Between Learning and Assessment

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A&C Black, Nov 1, 2005 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 284 pages
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This book addresses the need for tests that can diagnose the strengths and weaknesses in learners' developing foreign language proficiency. It presents the rationale for, and research surrounding, the development of DIALANG, a suite of internet-delivered diagnostic foreign language tests funded by the European Commission. The word 'diagnosis' is common in discussions in language education and applied linguistics, but very few truly diagnostic tests exist. However, the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency is central to helping learners make progress. This volume explores the nature of diagnostic testing, emphasizing the need for a better understanding of the nature of appropriate diagnosis. The book starts with a debate about how diagnostic testing might most appropriately be developed. Charles Alderson argues that the field has neglected to construct diagnostic tests, partly because other forms of testing have dominated the field. Alderson examines how proficiency has been diagnosed in the key areas of language: reading, listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. The value of self-assessment is discussed and exemplified as a key component in developing learners', and teachers', awareness of the complexity of language learning. The book ends with a consideration of and recommendations for future developments in the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency.
 

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Contents

2 Diagnosis in other fields
13
3 Introduction to DIALANG
26
4 The history of DIALANG
36
5 Piloting in DIALANG
44
6 Setting standards
61
7 The Vocabulary Size Placement Test
79
8 The role of selfassessment in DIALANG
97
9 Reading
119
12 Grammar
170
13 Vocabulary
191
14 The value of feedback and advice
208
15 Experimental Items
221
16 Experiments in the use of selfassessment
243
17 The future of diagnostic testing
254
References
269
Index
276

10 Listening
138
11 Writing
154

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About the author (2005)

J. Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language Education, Lancaster University. He was previously the editor of Language Testing

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