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Language Testing: April 2014
The new feature on multiple choice items has been the most read since the I started doing these back in 2009. I can only assume that writing multiple choice items is still a strong feature of most language testing courses, and a high-demand skill for teachers. New for this month is Issue #17 of Language Testing Bytes, in which I talk to Ryo Nitta and Fumiyo Nakatsuhara about their research on the provision of pre-task planning in paired speaking tests.


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Conferences: Proposals for MWALT 2014 should be submitted by 19th May.
Awards: Submissions for the Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award 2014 should be submitted by 30th June.
Research Funding: Proposals for the IELTS joint-funded research programme should be submitted by 30th June
Coming Soon: The next podcast will be released some time in August 2014, and will feature Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder on rater behaviour in performance testing.


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Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


The Language Testing Bookstore is an Amazon affiliate. We try to keep the store up to date with all books on language testing currently in print. These are arranged under a number of categories from general texts, to specialist areas of testing and assessment. You can also find texts on educational measurement and statistics that are commonly used in language testing programmes. All books ordered through the bookstore are delivered by Amazon.


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The website has a number of free Information Alert Services that are designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on in the world of language testing & assessment. These services use webslicing, which is a web feature introduced with Internet Explorer 8. Information on how webslicing works is available on the site's technical page. When you subscribe to a webslice a tab is placed on the favourites bar of Internet Explorer and you are alerted whenever the information is updated. You can currently subscribe to any of the following services:

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Humour
Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test - The Local.es
23 April, 2014

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test
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Immigrants to Spain will have to sit standardized online language and culture tests before being granted citizenship, ...


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Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test - The Local.es
23 April, 2014

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test
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Immigrants to Spain will have to sit standardized online language and culture tests before being granted citizenship, ...


Saudi schools keen to enhance their students' English skills - Arab News
23 April, 2014

Saudi schools keen to enhance their students' English skills
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The British Council says Aptis was designed to meet the needs of organizations around the world, and is used...


Vision, Reality Collide in Common-Core Tests - Education Week News
22 April, 2014

Education Week News

Vision, Reality Collide in Common-Core Tests
Education Week News
"They needed time to innovate and learn to break free from old writing templates and rules," sa...


Nordonia Hills students prepare for upcoming Next Generation Assessments - The-News-Leader
22 April, 2014

Nordonia Hills students prepare for upcoming Next Generation Assessments
The-News-Leader
The first test in the spring will be a performance-based test in language arts and math. T...


CRCT testing begins today - Savannah Morning News
22 April, 2014

CRCT testing begins today
Savannah Morning News
From now through Monday, May 5, students will test their skills in reading, English/Language Arts, math, science and social studies...


FCAT testing glitch affects schools ? including some on Treasure Coast - TCPalm
22 April, 2014

FCAT testing glitch affects schools ? including some on Treasure Coast
TCPalm
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FCAT computer issue suspends testing in several counties - News 13 Orlando
22 April, 2014

MiamiHerald.com

FCAT computer issue suspends testing in several counties
News 13 Orlando
"Today, issues with Pearson's test delivery and management system created significant probl...


Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents - WMUR Manchester
22 April, 2014

Brand names in NY standardized tests vex parents
WMUR Manchester
"Just Do It" has been a familiar Nike slogan for years, but some parents are wondering what it was doing on some o...


Leaders discuss 'flawed' Common Core system - Olean Times Herald
22 April, 2014

Salon

Leaders discuss 'flawed' Common Core system
Olean Times Herald
Just 31 percent statewide passed the first round of standardized tests last year in math and English language a...


NAEP Crafts Plans to Deploy Tablets for Testing - Education Week News
22 April, 2014

NAEP Crafts Plans to Deploy Tablets for Testing
Education Week News
When that process ends, more than four million students will have taken near-final versions of the tests in Eng...


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22 April, 2014


By Michelle Morrissey, Guest Blogger

This post was originally published on the TNTP Blog.


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