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Second Language Learning and Teaching
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Revisiting the Assessment of Second Language Abilities: From Theory to Practice

Editors: Hidri, Sahbi (Ed.)

  • The book is very helpful for teachers, researchers, MA and PhD students, and ELT practitioners
  • The book suggests hands-on practice on how to measure the construct statistically
  • The book examines educational cases from different parts of the world in an extensively critical way
  • The book comprehensively summarizes the recent studies and reviews of the literature on assessing the constructs of language abilities as well as test fairness and validation
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About this book

This book presents an overview of revisiting the assessment of language abilities. It also showcases how the measurement of such constructs can result in negative or positive washback and how outcomes might be conducive to repercussions that decide on the future of many stakeholders. The 23 chapters were selected among tens of chapters received from different contexts that addressed the issue of revisiting the assessment of language abilities, such as Tunisia, Ukraine, Algeria, Russia, KSA, Sudan, Egypt, Canada, Kurdistan, UK, USA, Iran, Turkey, etc. These contexts have highlighted the necessity to revisit the different constructs which should be assessed with a clear and straightforward foundation on students’ learning objectives and their actual language ability. To do so, most of the chapters present hands-on use of relevant statistical tests that might serve in revisiting the construct definition both theoretically and operationally. Perhaps the sole and intricate question that the authors of these contributions ask is what it means to revisit the assessment of the construct of individualized language ability and how. In addition, the book accentuates the momentousness and significance of reflecting on test fairness and validation as the mainspring and backbone for democratization of assessment. This book appeals to a broad readership, such as English Language Teaching (ELT) practitioners, language teachers, students, testing organizations, policy-makers, test designers, writers of test specifications, testing experts, researchers, program evaluators, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as other international contexts.

Table of contents (24 chapters)

Table of contents (24 chapters)
  • Introduction: State of the Art of Assessing Second Language Abilities

    Pages 1-19

    Hidri, Sahbi

  • Assessing Spoken Language Ability: A Many-Facet Rasch Analysis

    Pages 23-48

    Hidri, Sahbi

  • Investigating the Use of an Empirically Derived, Binary-Choice and Boundary-Definition (EBB) Scale for the Assessment of English Language Spoken Proficiency

    Pages 49-64

    O’Grady, Stefan

  • The Measurement of Language Ability and Impairment in Arabic-Speaking Children

    Pages 65-84

    Balilah, Areej (et al.)

  • Developing a Formative Assessment Instrument for an In-service Speaking Course

    Pages 85-106

    Rashidi Pourfard, Rezvan

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eBook $129.00
price for USA in USD (gross)
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62884-4
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: EPUB, PDF
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $169.00
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-62883-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $169.99
price for USA in USD
  • ISBN 978-3-319-87419-7
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Revisiting the Assessment of Second Language Abilities: From Theory to Practice
Editors
  • Sahbi Hidri
Series Title
Second Language Learning and Teaching
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-62884-4
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-62884-4
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-62883-7
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-87419-7
Series ISSN
2193-7648
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 503
Number of Illustrations
33 b/w illustrations, 12 illustrations in colour
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