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Language Testing Reconsidered provides a critical update on major issues that have engaged the field of language testing since its inception. Anyone who is working in, studying or teaching language testing should have a copy of this book. The information, discussions, and reflections offered within the volume address major developments within the field over the past decades, enlivened by current "takes" on these issues. The real value of this collection, however, lies in its consideration of the past as a means of defining the future agenda of language testing.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Frontmatter
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. v-vii
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  1. Abbreviations and Acronyms
  2. pp. viii-ix
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  1. About the Editors
  2. p. x
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  1. Introduction
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. SECTION I: WHAT DOES IT MEAN TO KNOW A LANGUAGE?
  2. p. 7
  1. The International Language Testing Association (ILTA)
  2. p. 8
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  1. The UCLES/ILTA Lifetime Achievement Award
  2. p. 8
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  1. 1. On Second Thoughts
  2. pp. 9-18
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  1. SECTION II: WHAT ARE WE MEASURING?
  2. p. 19
  1. 2. The Challenge of (Diagnostic) Testing: Do We Know What We Are Measuring?
  2. pp. 21-39
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  1. 3. What Is the Construct? The Dialectic of Abilities and Contexts in Defining Constructs in Language Assessment
  2. pp. 41-71
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  1. 4. Assessing Academic English Language Proficiency: 40 years of U.K. Language Tests
  2. pp. 73-86
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  1. SECTION III: LANGUAGE TESTING RESEARCH: POINTS OF DEPARTURE
  2. p. 87
  1. 5. The Coming of Age for Research on Test-Taking Strategies
  2. pp. 89-111
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  1. 6. Qualitative Research Methods in Language Test Development and Validation
  2. pp. 113-129
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  1. 7. Language Testing: A Question of Context
  2. pp. 131-137
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  1. SECTION IV: ANTECEDENTS AND PROSPECTS
  2. p. 139
  1. 8. Tests as Power Tools: Looking Back, Looking Forward
  2. pp. 141-152
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  1. The Goals of ILTA
  2. p. 153
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  1. Language Testing Research Colloquia 1979–2007
  2. p. 154
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  1. Notes on Contributors
  2. pp. 155-156
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  1. References
  2. pp. 157-174
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 175-178
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Additional Information

ISBN
9780776616315
Related ISBN
9780776606576
MARC Record
OCLC
243571389
Pages
192
Launched on MUSE
2012-01-01
Language
English
Open Access
Yes
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