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Teacher Involvement in High-Stakes Language Testing

Editors: Xerri, Daniel, Vella Briffa, Patricia (Eds.)

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  • Describes how teachers in different sociocultural contexts can contribute to the development of high-stakes language tests
  • Exemplifies various strategies that can be used to effectively involve teachers in high-stakes language testing
  • Outlines the benefits of teacher involvement in high-stakes language testing on educators, students and tests in a range of international contexts
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This book advocates that teachers should play an active role in high-stakes language testing and that more weight should be given to teacher judgement. This is likely to increase the formative potential of high-stakes tests and provide teachers with a sense of ownership. The implication is that the knowledge and skills they develop by being involved in these tests will feed into their own classroom practices. The book also considers the arguments against teacher involvement, e.g. the contention that teacher involvement might entrench the practice of teaching to the test, or that teachers should not be actively involved in high-stakes language testing because their judgement is insufficiently reliable. Using contributions from a wide range of international educational contexts, the book proposes that a lack of reliability in teacher judgement is best addressed by means of training and not by barring educators from participating in high-stakes language testing. It also argues that their involvement in testing helps teachers to bolster confidence in their own judgement and develop their assessment literacy. Moreover, teacher involvement empowers them to play a role in reforming high-stakes language testing so that it is more equitable and more likely to enhance classroom practices. High-stakes language tests that adopt such an inclusive approach facilitate more effective learning on the part of teachers, which ultimately benefits all their students.

About the authors

Daniel Xerri is a Lecturer in TESOL at the University of Malta, and the Chairperson of theELT Council within the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta. He sits onIATEFL’s Conference Committee and on TESOL International Association’s ResearchProfessional Council. Between 2015 and 2017, he was the Joint Co-ordinator of the IATEFLResearch SIG. Xerri holds postgraduate degrees in English and Applied Linguistics, as well asa PhD in Education from the University of York. He is the author of many publications ondifferent areas of education, assessment and TESOL, including articles published in ELTJournal, English in Education, and International Journal of Research and Method inEducation. Further details about his work can be found at: www.danielxerri.com
Patricia Vella Briffa currently teaches at the University of Malta Junior College. She hastaught English to learners at various stages of language learning for general, specific,examination, or academic purposes. She holds a PhD from the University of Nottingham.Her research interests include language teaching and assessment. She was engaged in thedesign of a speaking component in the MATSEC ‘A’ level English examination, which wasawarded the Innovation in Assessment Prize by the British Council in 2014.

Table of contents (19 chapters)

Table of contents (19 chapters)
  • Introduction

    Pages 1-7

    Xerri, Daniel (et al.)

  • The Role of Classroom Teachers in Standard Setting and Benchmarking

    Pages 11-29

    Konrad, Eva (et al.)

  • A Critical Analysis of Teacher Involvement in the English Language Paper of the First School Leaving Certificate Examination (FSLC) in Cameroon

    Pages 31-46

    Tante, Achu Charles

  • Potentials and Challenges of Teacher Involvement in Rating Scale Design for High-Stakes Exams

    Pages 47-66

    Holzknecht, Franz (et al.)

  • Am I Just Stupid? Key Issues for Teachers Involved in High-Stakes Testing with Children Who Have Dyslexia

    Pages 67-82

    Armstrong, David

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eBook $89.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77177-9
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Hardcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-319-77175-5
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  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
Softcover $119.00
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  • ISBN 978-3-030-08390-8
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Teacher Involvement in High-Stakes Language Testing
Editors
  • Daniel Xerri
  • Patricia Vella Briffa
Copyright
2018
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-77177-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-77177-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-77175-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-030-08390-8
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 345
Number of Illustrations
52 b/w illustrations
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