Testing the Spoken English of Young Norwegians: A study of testing validity and the role of smallwords in contributing to pupils fluency by Angela HasselgreenTesting the Spoken English of Young Norwegians: A study of testing validity and the role of smallwords in contributing to pupils fluency by Angela Hasselgreen

Testing the Spoken English of Young Norwegians: A study of testing validity and the role of…

byAngela Hasselgreen

Paperback | April 11, 2005

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This book reports on a two-part study: the validation of a test of spoken English for Norwegian secondary school pupils and the corpus-based investigation of the role played by 'smallwords', such as 'well', 'sort of', and 'you know', in bringing about fluency. The first study builds on the Messickian six central aspects of construct validity to produce a practical framework for test validation. It identifies potential sources of invalidity in the test being examined particularly relating to 'fluency'. The second study sets about to explore the concept of fluency, and to expose the extent to which it is acknowledged in the literature to be associated with smallwords, albeit under other names. The findings from the corpus study are drawn on to propose new elements to include in descriptors of fluency, and the implications of the study for classroom practices are discussed.
Title:Testing the Spoken English of Young Norwegians: A study of testing validity and the role of…Format:PaperbackProduct dimensions:320 pages, 8.94 × 5.98 × 0.91 inShipping dimensions:8.94 × 5.98 × 0.91 inPublished:April 11, 2005Publisher:Cambridge University PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0521544726

ISBN - 13:9780521544726

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"What Hasselgreen does examine and develop in a way that no one has done before is the link between gains in fluency and gains in facility in smallword use. This is a book that should appeal to a broad audience. It is well worth reading and is highly recommended."
April Ginther, Purdue University, SSLA