Language Testing and Evaluation: An Introductory Course
This book brings together two related fields - language testing and language programme evaluation - in a way that no single introductory text has done, and seeks to encourage closer relations between the two in both academic curricula and professional practice. It introduces readers not just to basic concepts, but to some of the major social, educational and research concerns and activities that characterise language testing and evaluation. The book can serve either as a basic text for a taught course, or for self-study. All chapters include suggestions for further reading, and discussions frequently point towards possible explorations in classroom research and practice. A glossary of key concepts and a select annotated bibliography are provided. The book addresses the language teaching profession generally as well as students of applied linguistics and English language teaching.
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Describing and measuring language ability
Evaluating language curricula
Testing in language classes
Evaluation procedures and instruments
Language testing procedures and instruments
Skills and subskills
Tasks and genres
Performance criteria and rater judgements
Professionalism in language teaching
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