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Assessing Young Language Learners

Author : Penny McKay
ISBN : 0521601231
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Contents: Series editors' preface (page ix) Acknowledgments( xii) 1. A special case for young learner language assessment 1 2. Young learners and language learning 26 3. Research into the assessment of young language learners 61 4. Assessing language use through tasks 97 5. Classroom assessment of language use 140 6. Assessing oral language 176 7. Assessing reading and writing 217 8. Evaluating young learners' performance and progress 264 9. Testing young language learners through large-scale tests 315 10. The way forward 352 References 364 Index 379 Publishers' acknowledgments 385.
Category: Foreign Language Study

English Language Proficiency Assessments For Young Learners

Author : Mikyung Kim Wolf
ISBN : 9781317379034
Genre : Language Arts & Disciplines
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English Language Proficiency Assessments for Young Learners provides both theoretical and empirical information about assessing the English language proficiency of young learners. Using large-scale standardized English language proficiency assessments developed for international or U.S. contexts as concrete examples, this volume illustrates rigorous processes of developing and validating assessments with considerations of young learners’ unique characteristics. In this volume, young learners are defined as school-age children from approximately 5 to 13 years old, learning English as a foreign language (EFL) or a second language (ESL). This volume also discusses innovative ways to assess young learners’ English language abilities based on empirical studies, with each chapter offering stimulating ideas for future research and development work to improve English language assessment practices with young learners. English Language Proficiency Assessments for Young Learners is a useful resource for students, test developers, educators, and researchers in the area of language testing and assessment.
Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Assessing Young Learners Of English Global And Local Perspectives

Author : Marianne Nikolov
ISBN : 9783319224220
Genre : Education
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This volume documents international, national, and small-scale testing and assessment projects of English language education for young learners, across a range of educational contexts. It covers three main areas: age-appropriate ‘can do statements’ and task types for teaching and testing learners between the ages of 6 to 13; innovative approaches to self-assessment, diagnostic testing, self- perception, and computer-based testing; and findings on how young learners perform on vocabulary, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and reading comprehension tests in European and Asian contexts. Early language learning has become a major trend in English language education around the globe. As a result of the spread of teaching English to a growing number of young children, assessment of and for learning have emerged as key issues. In line with this development, there is a clear and emerging need to make early language programs accountable and to assess both the progress children make over time and to quantify their achievement at various stages of development. This volume informs stakeholders about the realistic goals of early language learning, their efficiency, and how much progress children make over time.
Category: Education

Assessing Young Learners

Author : Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou
ISBN : 0194372812
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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Helps teachers to assess children's progress in English, in a way that is appropriate for young learners.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Assessing Language Through Computer Technology

Author : Carol A. Chapelle
ISBN : 9780521840217
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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In 1998 and 1999, three of the largest providers of educational tests introduced computer-based versions of proficiency tests for English as a foreign language. Around the same time, many institutions began to offer Web-based tests for particular language courses and classes. These two phenomena have greatly added to the momentum of work in computer-assisted testing and mean that assessment through computer technology is becoming a fact for language learners in educational settings and therefore for teachers and researchers. This book is the first to consider the theoretical, methodological and practical issues and their implications for language-teaching professionals wishing to engage with computer-assisted assessment. It overviews the work in the field, evaluates examples of assessment though computer technology, and provides language teachers and researchers with practical guidelines for implementation.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Assessing Grammar

Author : James E. Purpura
ISBN : 9780521003445
Genre : Foreign Language Study
File Size : 71.2 MB
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This book provides an accessible treatment of the issues surrounding the assessment of language learners' grammatical abilities.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Examining Writing

Author : Stuart D. Shaw
ISBN : 0521692938
Genre : Foreign Language Study
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This publication highlights the need for test developers to provide clear explanations of the ability constructs which underpin tests offered in the public domain. An explanation is increasingly required, if the validity of test score interpretation and use are to be supported both logically, and with empirical evidence. The book demonstates the application of a comprehensive test validation framework which adopts a socio-cognitive perspective. The framework embraces six core components which reflect the practical nature and quality of an actual testing event. It examines Cambridge ESOL writing tasks from the following perspectives: Test Taker, Cognitive Validity, Context Validity, Scoring Validity, Criterion-related Validity and Consequential Validity. The authors show how an understanding and analysis of the framework and its components in relation to specific writing tests can assist test developers to operationalise their tests more effectively, especially in relation to criterial distinctions across test levels.
Category: Foreign Language Study

Assessing The Language Of Young Learners

Author : Angela Hasselgreen
ISBN : 1781794707
Genre : Language and languages
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This volume offers new insights into the assessment of the language of Young Learners (YLs). YLs are defined here as being from 5 to 17 years, and are treated as three distinct subgroups: younger children (5/6 to 8/9 years), older children (8/9 to 12/13 years) and teenagers (12/13 to 17 years). The first half addresses fundamental issues, beginning with the characteristics of YLs and how these are manifested in first language development. The authors consider the potential ability of each age group to perform in a second or foreign language, proposing a rough age-related correspondence with CEFR levels. Finally, principles of assessment, specifically formative assessment and testing, are presented in the light of linguistic, cognitive and social development. The second half focuses on testing a range of 'skills'. Theoretical models of performance are introduced, followed by a practical analysis of approaches to the testing of each skill for the three age groups, illustrated with examples. The authors conclude by summing up developmental characteristics of each age group, and their implications for language testing. The book is intended for a wide readership within the field of teaching and assessing the language of young learners. Researchers are offered scope for further investigation of what emerges from the discussion, while practitioners will hopefully find support in their day-to-day work with YLs.
Category: Language and languages