Educational Linguistics

Assessing Foreign Language Students’ Spoken Proficiency

Stakeholder Perspectives on Assessment Innovation

Authors: East, Martin

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  • An in-depth study of assessment innovation and its impact on teaching and learning
  • A unique study that crosses the traditional theoretical and methodological boundaries associated with language testing research and presents an alternative approach that seeks the views of stakeholders 
  • Stakeholder perspectives provide unique insight into how mandated assessment reforms are received, interpreted and put into practice by those working in the real world of local classrooms​
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This book presents an in‐depth study of assessment innovation and its impact on teaching and learning. The context is New Zealand, and the focus is additional languages other than English and the recent introduction of a radical new assessment of students’ spoken proficiency, called interact. The book crosses the traditional theoretical and methodological boundaries associated with language testing research, which focuses on assessment performance, and presents an alternative approach where stakeholders become the centre of interest.  It advances our understanding of how assessment innovation impacts on two key groups - teachers and students in schools - based on data collected from a substantial two‐year research project. It presents an account of these stakeholders’ perceptions of the validity and usefulness of the new assessment in comparison with the more traditional test that it has replaced.Assessing Foreign Language Students' Spoken Proficiency makes an outstanding and original contribution to the field of second and foreign language teaching, providing a theory and research-based account of the development of a learner-centred approach to oral proficiency assessment.  It is an important resource for teachers and teacher educators as well as assessment and curriculum specialists worldwide.  It deserves to be widely read.

About the authors

Martin East is currently Associate Dean (Research) and a language teacher educator in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland. His principal research interests are in ways of enhancing the effectiveness of language teaching, learning and assessment, and he publishes widely in these areas.

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“This book makes a valuable contribution to the extent to which formative and summative assessment can be conflated for language teaching. It should be of interest to language education researchers, students, teachers and NZ decision makers who must decide the direction of interact.” (R. M. Genet, L. N. Conner and V. M. O’Toole, New Zealand Journal of Educational Studies, Vol. 53, 2018)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

Table of contents (9 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Assessing Foreign Language Students’ Spoken Proficiency
Book Subtitle
Stakeholder Perspectives on Assessment Innovation
Authors
Series Title
Educational Linguistics
Series Volume
26
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer Singapore
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Singapore
eBook ISBN
978-981-10-0303-5
DOI
10.1007/978-981-10-0303-5
Hardcover ISBN
978-981-10-0301-1
Softcover ISBN
978-981-10-9128-5
Series ISSN
1572-0292
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIX, 227
Number of Illustrations
14 b/w illustrations
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