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Stabler-Havener, Michelle L. – Working Papers in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2018
Assessment literacy (AL) empowers teachers (Grabowski & Dakin, 2014) by helping them make better decisions about the development, administration, and use of assessments (Harding & Kremmel, 2016; Popham, 2009). This is crucial because when teachers make erroneous interpretations, which lead to incorrect decisions, students can suffer…
Descriptors: Language Teachers, Teacher Competencies, Student Evaluation, Testing
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Eskin, Daniel – Working Papers in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2017
The way we ask for something, or "request," is hardly the same across all contexts. The degree to which we show politeness in these instances is closely related to a number of contextual factors (Brown & Levinson, 1987), manifested in the linguistic features that we employ (Blum-Kulka, House & Kasper, 1989; Searle, 1975).…
Descriptors: Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, Pragmatics, English (Second Language)
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Grapin, Scott E. – Working Papers in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, 2017
Language for specific purposes (LSP) has a long history in the language testing literature. An outgrowth of the communicative language movement of the 1970s, LSP testing arose out of the practical need to assess individuals' abilities to perform specific tasks in academic and professional settings. This historical review traces the evolution of…
Descriptors: English for Special Purposes, Second Language Learning, Second Language Instruction, English (Second Language)