Validating Language Proficiency Assessments in Second Language Acquisition Research (inbunden)
Format
Inbunden (Hardback)
Språk
Engelska
Antal sidor
239
Utgivningsdatum
2015-11-11
Upplaga
New ed
Förlag
Peter Lang AG
Dimensioner
209 x 152 x 19 mm
Vikt
408 g
Antal komponenter
1
ISSN
1612-815X
ISBN
9783631667217
Validating Language Proficiency Assessments in Second Language Acquisition Research (inbunden)

Validating Language Proficiency Assessments in Second Language Acquisition Research

Applying an Argument-Based Approach

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The book introduces the reader to an argument-based approach to validity as a way to improve test validation in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) research. Motivated by the need for practical suggestions for raising proficiency assessment standards in SLA research, it exemplifies the approach by validating two distinct score interpretations for a new Russian Elicited Imitation Test (EIT). Two empirical investigations with 164 Russian learners in the USA and Germany were conducted to evaluate the accuracy of the score interpretations associated with two distinct test uses. The EIT proved to constitute a reliable and valid instrument for differentiating between a wide range of oracy skills. The proposed cut scores enabled prediction of several levels of speaking and listening proficiency. The author concludes with implications for using the argument-based approach for validating assessments in SLA research, for the use of the developed Russian EIT, and for future research on Elicited Imitation Tests in general.
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Anastasia Drackert (nee Mozgalina) holds a PhD in Linguistics with specialization in Language Testing from Georgetown University. She works and teaches in the areas of language assessment, foreign language education and task-based language learning and teaching. Her research appeared in a variety of journal articles and book chapters.

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Contents: Validity evaluation - Elicited imitation test - Language proficiency assessment - Oracy - Second language acquisition research - Models of language proficiency - Argument-based approach to validity - Global language proficiency - Russian as a foreign language - Russian Speaking test - Test difficulty.