Oxford Applied Linguistics: Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing

Paperback | June 1, 1990

byLyle F. Bachman

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Here is a clear and authoritative discussion of the basic concerns which underlie the development and use of language tests, and an up-to-date synthesis of research on testing. Primarily for students on teacher education courses, it is also an invaluable resource for all those professionallyinvolved in designing and administering tests, acting as a complement to practical 'how to' books. Winner MLA Kenneth W Mildenberger Prize

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Here is a clear and authoritative discussion of the basic concerns which underlie the development and use of language tests, and an up-to-date synthesis of research on testing. Primarily for students on teacher education courses, it is also an invaluable resource for all those professionallyinvolved in designing and administering tests...

Lyle F. Bachman is at University of California, Los Angeles.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:9.45 × 6.3 × 1.02 inPublished:June 1, 1990Publisher:Oxford University Press

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ISBN - 10:0194370038

ISBN - 13:9780194370035

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Table of Contents

Preface1. IntroductionThe aims of the bookThe climate for language testingResearch and development: needs and problemsResearch and development: an agendaOverview of the bookNotes2. MeasurementIntroductionDefinition of terms: measurement, test, evaluationEssential measurement qualitiesProperties of measurement scalesCharacteristics that limit measurementSteps in measurementSummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questions3. Uses of Language TestsIntroductionUses of language tests in educational programsResearch uses of language testsFeatures for classifying different types of language testSummaryFurther readingDiscussion questions4. Communicative Language AbilityIntroductionLanguage proficiency and communicative competenceA theoretical framework of communicative language abilitySummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questions5. Test MethodsIntroductionA framework of test method facetsApplications of this framework to language testingSummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questions6. ReliabilityIntroductionFactors that affect language test scoresClassical true score measurement theoryGeneralizability theoryStandard error of measurement:Interpreting individual test scores within classical true score and generalizability theoryItem response theoryReliability of criterion-referenced test scoresFactors that affect reliability estimatesSystematic measurement errorSummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questions7. ValidationIntroductionReliability and validity revisitedValidity as a unitary conceptThe evidential basis of validityTest biasThe consequential or ethical basis of validityPost mortem: face validitySummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questions8. Some Persistent Problems and Future DirectionsIntroductionAuthentic language testsSome future directionsA general model for explaining performance on language tests Apologia et prolegomenonSummaryNotesFurther readingDiscussion questionsbr / Bibliography Author index Subject index