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Author ALTE Conference (2nd : 2005 : Berlin, Germany)

Title Multilingualism and assessment : achieving transparency, assuring quality, sustaining diversity : proceedings of the ALTE Berlin conference, May 2005 / [edited by Lynda Taylor and Cyril J. Weir].

Published Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2008.


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Giblin Eunson  404.2 ALTE    AVAILABLE
Physical description x, 351 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm.
Series Studies in language testing ; 27.
Studies in language testing ; 27.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references.
Contents Machine derived contents note: Contents -- Acknowledgements vii -- Series Editors' note viii -- Introduction 1 -- Lynda Taylor and Cyril J Weir -- Section One -- Achieving Transparency -- 1 Relating language examinations to the Council of Europe's -- Common European Framework of Reference for -- Languages (CEFR) 9 -- Waldemar Martyniuk -- 2 The CEFR levels and descriptor scales 21 -- Brian North -- 3 Juggling numbers and opinions: An attempt to set CEFR -- standards in Norway for a test of reading in English 67 -- Eli Moe -- 4 L'harmonisation du DELF et du DALF sur les niveaux du Cadre europeen commun de reference pour -- les langues 79 -- Patrick Riba and Marianne Mavel -- 5 Proficiency scaling in DESI listening and reading EFL tests 94 -- Guenter Nold, Henning Rossa and Johannes Hartig -- 6 The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages -- and the revision of the Higher Level Catalan Language Test 117 -- Montserrat Montagut and Pilar Murtra -- 7 Test comparability and construct compatibility across languages 130 -- Peter Hardcastle, Sibylle Bolton and Francesca Pelliccia -- Section Two -- Assuring Quality -- 8 A socio-cognitive approach to writing test validation 147 -- Cyril J Weir and Stuart Shaw -- 9 Assuring the quality of TestDaF examinations 157 -- Thomas Eckes -- 10 Problems affecting the use of raw scores: a comparison of raw -- scores and FACETS' Fair Average scores 179 -- David Coniam -- 11 Testing teaching knowledge: developing a quality instrument to support professional development -- 191 -- Hanan Khalifa -- 12 The CERCLU project for certifying language competence in -- Italian university language centres 203 -- Maurizio Gotti and Carol Taylor Torsello -- 13 An impact study of a high-stakes test (IELTS): lessons for test -- validation and linguistic diversity 215 -- Roger Hawkey -- 14 Towards a model of test evaluation: using the Test Fairness and -- the Test Context Frameworks 229 -- Antony Kunnan -- Section Three -- Sustaining Diversity -- 15 Language assessment and citizenship: European policy -- perspective 255 -- Joseph Sheils -- 16 Language testing for migration and citizenship: contexts and -- issues 265 -- Nick Saville and Piet van Avermaet -- 17 Language varieties and their implications for testing and -- assessment 276 -- Lynda Taylor -- 18 Non-native speakers as language assessors: recent research -- and implications for assessment practice 296 -- Anne Lazaraton -- 19 Citizenship materials for ESOL learners in the UK 310 -- Helen Sunderland and Chris Taylor -- 20 Best practice in writing assessment: 321 -- Liz Hamp-Lyons -- Notes on the volume contributors 336 -- Presentations at the ALTE Conference Berlin, 2005 341.
Summary "This Studies in Language Testing volume explores the impact of multilingualism on language assessment. It considers ways of describing and comparing language qualifications to establish common levels of proficiency, balancing the need to set common standards and at the same time sustain linguistic diversity. Three broad themes are explored. Quality and diversity are addressed via avenues such as the quality of examinations and codes of practice, as well as the research on impact in various state certification projects. In relation to ethics and diversity, several papers focus on the complex relationships between linguistic identity and diversity on one hand, and immigration and citizenship policy on the other, as assessment increasingly interfaces with language proficiency requirements for citizenship and for active participation of newcomers in social, occupational and democratic processes.
Transparency and diversity are examined through the relationship of examinations to the Common European Framework from a number of different perspectives."--BOOK JACKET.
Local note Giblin Eunson Library copy donated by John Hajek.
Other author Taylor, Lynda B.
Weir, Cyril J.
Association of Language Testers in Europe.
Subject Education, Bilingual -- Congresses.
Multilingualism -- Congresses.
Local donor Hajek, John. Donor.
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