Measuring Second Language Performance
Performance assessment is increasingly important in education and training, with its focus on the ever growing requirement to demonstrate ability in practical communication skills. Yet many fundamental problems in performance based assessment still remain. This book provides a critical examination of the practice and theory behind performance based assessment in the context of second language learning. It also offers the first comprehensive presentation of a new measurement approach - Rasch Measurement, which enables investigation of aspects of performance setting (rater and task characteristics for example) to determine their effect on the scores awarded to candidates and to manage this variability fairly.
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Second language performance assessment
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achievement applied linguistics approach appropriate aspects Australian behaviour Canale and Swain candidate's candidates Chapter communicative competence consider construct validity content validity context criteria data matrix dimension discussion educational example facets factors Figure grammar guage Hymes Hymes's IELTS individual interaction interpretation involved issue item difficulty Item Response Theory judges language ability language performance assessment language performance tests language proficiency language testing linguistic logit mance McNamara ment misfit multi-faceted measurement non-native speakers Occupational English Test overall overfitting particular pattern performance-based person ability Pinyin predictive predictive validity procedures proficiency tests psychometric question Rasch analysis Rasch measurement Rasch model rater characteristics rater training rating scales raw scores relatively relevant reported responses role sample Savignon second language performance simulation skills sociolinguistic strategic competence Table test development test items test takers theory tion TOEFL tradition underlying unidimensionality variability writing sub-test