Local language testing : design, implementation, and development / Slobodanka Dimova, Xun Yan, and April Ginther.
- Abingdon, Oxon ; New York, NY : Routledge, 2020.
xiv, 211 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
- Second language acquisition -- Ability testing.
Educational tests and measurements.
- "Local Language Testing: Design, Implementation, and Development describes the language testing practice that exists in the intermediate space between large-scale standardized testing and classroom assessment, an area that is rarely addressed in the language testing and assessment literature. Local language tests and assessments are developed for use within a specific context and serve a variety of purposes (e.g., entry-level proficiency testing, placement testing, international teaching assistant testing, writing assessment, and program evaluation), i.e. purposes that cannot be addressed effectively through the use of either broadly-purposed, standardized, commercial alternatives or specialized, focused classroom assessments. Covering both theory and practice, this book focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters and encourages their use, and provides suggested ideas for their development and maintenance. The authors include examples of operational tests with well-proven track records and discuss: local tests' ability to represent local contexts and values, explicitly and purposefully embed test results within instructional practice, and provide data for program evaluation and research; local testing practices grounded in the theoretical principles of language testing, drawing from experiences with local testing to supplement the theoretical content in the book with practical examples of local language tests and how they can be designed to effectively function within and across different institutional contexts Aimed at language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation, this is a timely book in that, despite the widespread use of local tests for specific institutional purposes, it focuses on the advantages of local tests, fosters/encourages their use, and outlines their development and maintenance. It constitutes essential reading for language program directors, graduate students, and researchers involved in language program development and evaluation"-- Provided by publisher.
- 1. Introduction: Why local tests?
2. Local tests, local contexts
3. Local test development
4. Test tasks
5. Test delivery
7. Raters and rating
8. Data collection, management, and score reporting
- Includes bibliographical references and index.
- Ginther, April, author.
Yan, Xun, author.
- Other format:
- Online version: Dimova, Slobodanka, Local language testing
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