Language Testing in Practice

ISBN : 9780194371483

Lyle F Bachman and Adrian S Palmer
384 Pages
155 x 235 mm
Pub date
Sep 1996
Oxford Applied Linguistics
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The series attracts single or co-authored volumes from authors researching at the cutting edge of this dynamic field of interdisciplinary enquiry. The titles range from books that make such developments accessible to the non-specialist reader to those which explore in depth their relevance for the way language is to be conceived as a subject, and how courses and classroom activities are to be designed. As such, these books not only extend the field of applied linguistics itself and lend an additional significance to its enquiries, but also provide an indispensable professional foundation for language pedagogy and its practice.

The scope of the series includes:

  • second language acquisition
  • bilingualism and multi/plurilingualism
  • language pedagogy and teacher education
  • testing and assessment
  • language planning and policy
  • language internationalization
  • technology-mediated communication
  • discourse-, conversation-, and contrastive-analysis
  • pragmatics
  • stylistics
  • lexicography
  • translation

Part One Conceptual bases of test development

1 Objectives and expectations

2 Test usefulness: Qualities of language tests

3 Describing tasks: Language use in language tests

4 Describing language ability: Language use in language tests
Part Two Language test development

5 Overview of test development

6 Describing, identifying, and defining

7 Developing a plan for the evaluation of usefulness

8 Identifying, allocating, and managing resources

9 Operationalization: Developing test tasks and blueprints

10 Preparing effective instructions

11 Scoring method

12 Language test administration
Part Three Illustrative test development projects

Project 1
High-stakes selection and placement test for students entering a university writing program
Project 2
Selection / placement test for telephone company employees
Project 3
Syllabus-based diagnostic achievement test for students in an ESP program
Project 4
Exit test for students in an adult education conversation course for immigrants
Project 5
High-stakes ESP screening test for making hiring and training decisions
Project 6
Placement test for an ESL reading course
Project 7
Employment / placement / achievement test for immigrants in a government-funded vocational training ESL course
Project 8
Classroom achievement tests for an introductory German course
Project 9
Classroom achievement test for the reading component of the Korean-English two-way bilingual immersion program
Project 10
Syllabus-based EFL progress test for primary school children 


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