Testing ESL Sociopragmatics: Development and Validation of a Web-based Test Battery by Carsten RoeverTesting ESL Sociopragmatics: Development and Validation of a Web-based Test Battery by Carsten Roever

Testing ESL Sociopragmatics: Development and Validation of a Web-based Test Battery

byCarsten Roever, Catriona Fraser, Catherine Elder

Hardcover | July 30, 2014

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Testing of second language pragmatics has grown as a research area but still suffers from a tension between construct coverage and practicality. In this book, the authors describe the development and validation of a web-based test of second language pragmatics for learners of English. The test has a sociopragmatic orientation and strives for a broad coverage of the construct by assessing learners’ metapragmatic judgments as well as their ability to co-construct discourse. To ensure practicality, the test is delivered online and is scored partially automatically and partially by human raters. We used the argument-based approach to validation, which showed that the test can support low-stakes decisions about learners’ knowledge of sociopragmatics in English.
Carsten Roever is Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. Catriona Fraser holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Melbourne. Catherine Elder is the former director of the Language Testing Research Centre at the University of Melbourne.
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Title:Testing ESL Sociopragmatics: Development and Validation of a Web-based Test BatteryFormat:HardcoverDimensions:8.27 × 5.83 × 0.98 inPublished:July 30, 2014Publisher:Peter Lang GmbH, Internationaler Verlag der WissenschaftenLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3631653794

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Contents: Pragmatics – Interlanguage pragmatics – Sociopragmatics – Testing – Assessment – Validation – Web-based test – Argument-based validation – English as a second language.