Language Testing in Practice: Designing and Developing Useful Language Tests

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OUP Oxford, Sep 19, 1996 - Foreign Language Study - 377 pages
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This book relates language testing practice to current views of communicative language teaching and testing. It builds on the theoretical background expounded in Bachman's Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing and examines the design, planning, and organization of tests. The book is divided into three sections which discuss 1) objectives and expectations, the context of language testing, and the abilities to be tested; 2) the process of test development, including blueprints, resources, operationalization, and scoring methods; and 3) ten examples which illustrate the principles discussed in Parts One and Two.
 

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Contents

Qualities of language tests
17
Language use in language tests
43
Language use in language tests
61
Overview of test development
85
Describing identifying and defining
95
Developing a plan for the evaluation of usefulness
133
Identifying allocating and managing resources
157
Developing test tasks and blueprints
171
Language test administration
231
Highstakes selection and placement test for students
253
Selectionplacement test for telephone company
285
Syllabusbased diagnostic achievement test
291
Exit test for students in an adult education
298
Highstakes ESP screening test for making hiring
308
Employmentplacementachievement test
325
Classroom achievement test for the reading
345

Preparing effective instructions
181
Scoring method
193

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Lyle F. Bachman is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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