Language Testing: The Social Dimension

Front Cover
John Wiley & Sons, Nov 10, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 292 pages
0 Reviews
Winner of the SAGE/ILTA Award for Best Book on Language Testing 2009

This volume focuses on the social aspects of language testing, including assessment of socially situated language use and societal consequences of language tests. The authors argue that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary to examine the functions of tests on a societal scale.

 

  • Considers these issues in relation to language assessment in oral proficiency interviews, and to the assessment of second language pragmatics.
  • Argues that traditional approaches to ensuring social fairness in tests go some way to addressing social concerns, but a broader perspective is necessary if we are to fully understand the social dimension of language assessment.
 

What people are saying - Write a review

We haven't found any reviews in the usual places.

Contents

Validity and the Social
9
The Social Dimension
43
Psychometric Approaches
81
Fairness Reviews and Codes
129
Notes
148
Notes
199
Where to From Here?
247
References
257
Index
285
Copyright

Other editions - View all

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2006)

Tim McNamara is Professor of Applied Linguistics at The University of Melbourne, where he gained his Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics, and where he helped establish the Language Testing Research Centre, of which he was subsequently Director. His research interests include language testing, language teaching, and language and identity. His recent work has focused on the relevance of contemporary social theory to concerns in language assessment and other areas of applied linguistics, including the role of language tests in the processing of the claims of asylum seekers and in citizenship procedures. He is the author of Language Testing (2000) and has published widely in applied linguistics journals.

Carsten Roever is a Lecturer in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne. He has a Ph.D. in Second Language Studies from the University of Hawai i at Manoa. His main research interest is the assessment of second language pragmatics. Some of his favorite topics are acquisition of pragmatic knowledge, second language aptitude, web-based language testing, and research design. He has published in Language Testing, Language Learning & Technology, and various edited collections.