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Javidanmehr, Zahra; Anani Sarab, Mohammad Reza – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
With the advancement of Cognitive Diagnostic Assessment (CDA) and the pertinent statistical models, different domains of large-scale testing and assessment have been examined for the sake of reporting more diagnostic information. Applying the generalized deterministic input, noisy, "and" gate (G-DINA) model, the current study analyzed a…
Descriptors: Reading Comprehension, Reading Tests, High Stakes Tests, College Entrance Examinations
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Aviad-Levitzky, Tami; Laufer, Batia; Goldstein, Zahava – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
This article describes the development and validation of the new CATSS (Computer Adaptive Test of Size and Strength), which measures vocabulary knowledge in four modalities -- productive recall, receptive recall, productive recognition, and receptive recognition. In the first part of the paper we present the assumptions that underlie the test --…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Test Construction, Test Validity, Test Reliability
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Li, Chen-Hong – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The Ministry of Education in Taiwan encourages universities to adopt English ability as an exit requirement for graduates. Nearly 65% of universities use the General English Proficiency Test (GEPT) or other compatible standardized tests as an exit test for university graduates. However, it remains unclear what level of vocabulary knowledge a…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Second Language Learning, English (Second Language)
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Li, Shuai; Taguchi, Naoko; Xiao, Feng – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Adopting Linacre's guidelines for evaluating rating scale effectiveness, we examined whether and how a six-point rating scale functioned differently across raters, speech acts, and second language (L2) proficiency levels. We developed a 12-item Computerized Oral Discourse Completion Task (CODCT) for assessing the production of requests, refusals,…
Descriptors: Speech Acts, Rating Scales, Guidelines, Evaluators
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Allen, David – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Cross-linguistic lexical similarity in the form of cognates and loanwords has been shown to positively impact second language learning and use, as well as performance on tests of lexical knowledge, even when the learners' languages differ in script. The present study utilizes Japanese cognate frequency, as an indication of cognate knowledge, to…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Language Tests, Vocabulary Skills, Second Language Learning
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Dai, David Wei; Roever, Carsten – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Because English is widely used as a lingua franca, language testers have started to consider the introduction of non-native accents into English listening tests. This study investigates how accents influence test-takers' performance, and also elicits test-takers' subjective perception of accents. Eighty adolescent L1-Mandarin test takers were…
Descriptors: Language Variation, English (Second Language), Native Language, Mandarin Chinese
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Coniam, David; Falvey, Peter; Xiao, Yangyu – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Over the past two decades awareness has been growing that English language teachers need good English language proficiency and professional training to teach effectively. To address this issue, a benchmark--minimum standards assessment test--was initiated, developed, and introduced in Hong Kong in 2001. Because more than a decade and a half has…
Descriptors: Benchmarking, Foreign Countries, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction
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Timpe-Laughlin, Veronika; Park, Innhwa – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Despite the frequent occurrence of yes/no questions in naturalistic talk-in-interaction, there is widespread concern that yes/no questions only allow predetermined answers and limit L2 learners' performance in language assessment contexts. Drawing upon audio-recordings of role-play conversations between an L1 American English speaker and 104 L2…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language), North American English
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Crosthwaite, Peter Robert; Raquel, Michelle – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
This study determines the fine-grained bottom-up linguistic features involved in successful second language (L2) English academic group oral tutorial discussion through the use of a spoken learner corpus composed of more than 20┬áhrs of L2 production. Student performances were graded by teacher-raters using a can-do rating scale, which assessed…
Descriptors: Computational Linguistics, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Error Patterns
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Lam, Daniel M. K. – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Linking one's contribution to those of others' is a salient feature demonstrating interactional competence in paired/group speaking assessments. While such responses are to be constructed spontaneously while engaging in real-time interaction, the amount and nature of pre-task preparation in paired/group speaking assessments may have an influence…
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Communicative Competence (Languages), Language Tests, Oral Language
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Lockwood, Jane; Raquel, Michelle – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Millions of customer services representatives are assessed each year by subject matter experts (e.g., recruiters, team leaders) in Asian contact centres to ensure good spoken communication skills when serving customers on the phones. In other workplace contexts, language experts are employed to do this work but in Asian contact centres, a…
Descriptors: English (Second Language), Second Language Learning, Language Skills, Telecommunications
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Choi, Ikkyu; Wolf, Mikyung Kim; Pooler, Emilie; Sova, Lorraine; Faulkner-Bond, Molly – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Scaffolding, an instructional strategy for providing support until learners can perform a task on their own, holds a potential to improve assessments for test takers who need support to demonstrate their abilities, such as English learners (ELs). In this study, we evaluated the benefits of including scaffolded tasks in standardized speaking…
Descriptors: Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), English Language Learners, Elementary School Students, Item Response Theory
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Banerjee, Heidi Liu – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
To effectively achieve communicative goals, second language (L2) learners need not only the necessary L2 knowledge, skills, and abilities, but also the relevant topical knowledge. However, in L2 assessment contexts, very few existing tests-in-operation have examined L2 learners' topical knowledge as part of their language performance. This study…
Descriptors: Language Tests, Second Language Learning, Knowledge Level, Vignettes
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Gu, Lin; Hsieh, Ching-Ni – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
Examining spoken features across proficiency levels allows researchers to explore the nature of speaking proficiency as it develops. This line of research has thus far primarily focused on adult second language (L2) learners. Using cross-sectional data based on a large-scale language assessment intended for young L2 learners, in this study, we…
Descriptors: Oral Language, Speech Communication, English (Second Language), Second Language Learning
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Sinclair, Jeanne; Larson, Elizabeth Jean; Rajendram, Shakina – Language Assessment Quarterly, 2019
The number of internationally mobile students pursuing higher education increases each year, with 8 million students expected to study abroad globally by 2025 (Farrugia, 2014). Many English-dominant universities require international applicants to provide standardized test scores as evidence of English proficiency. Accordingly, millions of…
Descriptors: Graduate Students, Student Attitudes, High Stakes Tests, Standardized Tests
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