Oxford Applied Linguistics: Language Testing in Practice: Designing and Developing Useful Language…

Paperback | April 30, 1999

byLyle F. Bachman, Adrian S. Palmer

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This book relates language testing practice to current views of communicative language teaching and testing. It builds on the theoretical background expounded in Bachman's a href="/elt/global/isbn/0-19-437065-8/"Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing/a and examines the design,planning, and organization of tests. The book is divided into three sections which discuss 1) objectives and expectations, the context of language testing, and the abilities to be tested; 2) the process of test development, including blueprints, resources, operationalization, and scoring methods;and 3) ten examples which illustrate the principles discussed in Parts One and Two.

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This book relates language testing practice to current views of communicative language teaching and testing. It builds on the theoretical background expounded in Bachman's a href="/elt/global/isbn/0-19-437065-8/"Fundamental Considerations in Language Testing/a and examines the design,planning, and organization of tests. The book is div...

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

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.87 inPublished:April 30, 1999Publisher:Oxford University Press

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Part One Conceptual bases of test development1. Objectives and expectations2. Test usefulness: Qualities of language tests3. Describing tasks: Language use in language tests4. Describing language ability: Language use in language testsPart Two Language test development5. Overview of test development6. Describing, identifying, and defining7. Developing a plan for the evaluation of usefulness8. Identifying, allocating, and managing resources9. Operationalization: Developing test tasks and blueprints10. Preparing effective instructions11. Scoring method12. Language test administrationPart Three Illustrative test development projectsProject 1High-stakes selection and placement test for students entering a university writing programProject 2Selection / placement test for telephone company employeesProject 3Syllabus-based diagnostic achievement test for students in an ESP programProject 4Exit test for students in an adult education conversation course for immigrantsProject 5High-stakes ESP screening test for making hiring and training decisionsProject 6Placement test for an ESL reading courseProject 7Employment / placement / achievement test for immigrants in a government-funded vocational training ESL courseProject 8Classroom achievement tests for an introductory German courseProject 9Classroom achievement test for the reading component of the Korean-English two-way bilingual immersion program Project 10Syllabus-based EFL progress test for primary school children br /ReferencesIndex

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'Blends theory and practice in a volume that illuminates both.' - Kenneth W Mildenberger Award Committee