Language Testing and Assessment Article Aggregation Service
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  • Current Uses for Task-Based Language Assessment
    Research Articles
    John M. Norris,
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 36, pp 230-244


  • Constructing validity arguments for test combinations
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 48
    Author(s): Saskia Wools, Theo J.H.M. Eggen, Anton A. Béguin
    The argument-based approach to validation has ... (show all)

  • Defining and assessing FoI in a large-scale randomized trial: Core components of values affirmation
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: June 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 49
    Author(s): Dominique N. Bradley, Evan P. Crawford, Sara E. Dahill-Brown
    A growing body of work suggests tha... (show all)

  • A typology of student reading engagement: Preparing for response to intervention in the school curriculum
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 48
    Author(s): Kwok-cheung Cheung, Soi-kei Mak, Pou-seong Sit, Kay-cheng Soh
    This study seeks to develop a t... (show all)

  • Peer assessment using comparative and absolute judgement
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: December 2015
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 47
    Author(s): Ian Jones, Chris Wheadon
    Peer assessment exercises yield varied reliability and validity. To m... (show all)

  • SCIIENCE: The creation and pilot implementation of an NGSS-based instrument to evaluate early childhood science teaching
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 45
    Author(s): Joan N. Kaderavek, Tamala North, Regina Rotshtein, Hoangha Dao, Nicholas Liber, Geoff Mile... (show all)

  • Reflection and assessment for learning in science enrichment courses for the gifted
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: September 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 50
    Author(s): Shirley Miedijensky, Tali Tal
    This study was conducted in enrichment programs for the gifted.... (show all)

  • A comparative study of Chinese and United States pre-service teachers? perceptions about ethical issues in classroom assessment
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 48
    Author(s): Jin Liu, Robert Johnson, Xumei Fan
    The purpose of this study was to investigate the perceptions... (show all)

  • Writing prompt convergence in high-stakes tests: Exploring rhetorical functions and objects of enquiry
    Posted on 27 Jun 2016 at 4:29 am
    Publication date: December 2015
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 47
    Author(s): Fulan Liu, Paul Stapleton
    The writing prompts in high-stakes tests have become an issue of con... (show all)

  • Double dissociations in reading comprehension difficulties among Chinese?English bilinguals and their association with tone awareness
    Posted on 23 Jun 2016 at 2:20 am
    by William Choi, Xiuli Tong, S. Hélène Deacon
    Poor comprehenders have reading comprehension difficulties but normal word recognition ability. Here, we report the first study, which investigated (i) the dissociation and (ii) the prevalence of L... (show all)

  • Math teaching resources in Latin American primary classrooms: Availability and impact on student learning
    Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 1:00 am
    by Francisco Javier Murillo Torrecilla, Marcela Román Carrasco, Santiago Atrio Cerezo

    This article describes the availability of different mathematics teaching resources in primary classrooms in Latin America to determine whether it affects student performance. A study was developed...

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  • Deregulation and personalization in elite schools: Teacher?s work and the production of privileged groups
    Posted on 20 Jun 2016 at 1:00 am
    by Sandra Ziegler
    The following article is based on a qualitative research developed in three Buenos Aires City and Buenos Aires Province high-schools that define themselves ?elite educational institutions?.  Our pu... (show all)

  • The relationship between academic vocabulary coverage and scores on a standardized English proficiency test
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:37 pm
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 21
    Author(s): T. Sima Paribakht, Stuart Webb
    This study examined the occurrence of items from the Academ... (show all)

  • The role of explicit instruction in cross-script cognate recognition: The case of Ukrainian-speaking EAP learners
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:37 pm
    Publication date: March 2016
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 21
    Author(s): Rena Helms-Park, Zhanna Perhan
    This study aims to determine to what extent the following 9... (show all)

  • A meta-analysis: Age and second language grammar acquisition
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: Available online 14 June 2016
    Author(s): Muhammad Asif Qureshi
    Although there are many existing reviews of research on age and second language acquisition (L2A... (show all)

  • Analyzed knowledge, metalanguage, and second language proficiency
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: August 2016
    Source:System, Volume 60
    Author(s): Xavier Gutiérrez
    The relationship between explicit knowledge and second language (L2) proficiency remains unclear. While some... (show all)

  • The effect of written languaging on learning the hypothetical conditional in English
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2016
    Source:System, Volume 58
    Author(s): Masako Ishikawa, Wataru Suzuki
    Recent research has shown that languaging (i.e., when learners use language to reflect on thei... (show all)

  • CLIL in minimal input contexts: A longitudinal study of primary school learners? receptive skills
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2016
    Source:System, Volume 58
    Author(s): Elisabet Pladevall-Ballester, Anna Vallbona
    In an attempt to contribute experimental data to the study of CLIL learning outco... (show all)

  • A critical evaluation of text difficulty development in ELT textbook series: A corpus-based approach using variability neighbor clustering
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: June 2016
    Source:System, Volume 58
    Author(s): Alvin Cheng-Hsien Chen
    Although the importance of English Language Teaching (ELT) textbooks is widely acknowledged, previous ev... (show all)

  • ?I heard it wasn?t really a myth?: Enacting and contesting expertise in an Arizona science classroom
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: September 2015
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 31
    Author(s): Brendan H. O?Connor
    Based on linguistic ethnographic research in a majority Latino/a, lower-income high... (show all)

  • Exploring Language Assessment and Testing: Language in Action, A. Green, in: Routledge Introductions to Applied Linguistics (2013), ISBN: 978-0415597241
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: December 2015
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 32, Part B
    Author(s): Eun Jeong Park

  • Lexico-grammatical structures of agreements with assessments in English conversation: From a Japanese perspective
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 12:22 pm
    Publication date: July 2016
    Source:Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 100
    Author(s): Hiroko Tanaka
    This is an exploratory study of lexico-grammatical resources regularly employed to construct agre... (show all)

  • A corpus-based environmental academic word list building and its validity test
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 2:51 am
    Publication date: July 2015
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 39
    Author(s): Jia Liu, Lina Han
    This study discusses the necessity of creating field-specific academic word lists an... (show all)

  • Measuring gains in an EMP course and the perspectives of language and medical educators as assessors
    Posted on 18 Jun 2016 at 2:51 am
    Publication date: April 2016
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 42
    Author(s): Rosemary Wette, Susan J. Hawken
    Significant numbers of international undergraduate medical students i... (show all)

  • The Evolution of Foreign Language AP Exam Candidates: A 36-Year Descriptive Study
    Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 8:10 am
    by Alan V. Brown, Gregory L. Thompson
    Using a data set exclusively prepared for and licensed to them by the College Board, the authors examined the growth of the Advanced Placement program in foreign languages and overall trends in reg... (show all)

  • A Rationale for Criterion-Referenced Proficiency Testing
    Posted on 17 Jun 2016 at 8:10 am
    by Ray Clifford
    This article summarizes some of the technical issues that add to the complexity of language testing. It focuses in particular on the criterion-referenced nature of the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines?... (show all)

  • Predicting grades from an English language assessment: The importance of peeling the onion
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Bridgeman, B., Cho, Y., DiPietro, S.

    Data from 787 international undergraduate students at an urban university in the United States were used to demonstrate the importance of separating a sample into meaningful subgroups in order to d...

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  • Removing bias towards World Englishes: The development of a Rater Attitude Instrument using Indian English as a stimulus
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Hsu, T. H.-L.

    This study explores the attitudes of raters of English speaking tests towards the global spread of English and the challenges in rating speakers of Indian English in descriptive speaking tasks. The...

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  • Task and rater effects in L2 speaking and writing: A synthesis of generalizability studies
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Innami, Y., Koizumi, R.

    We addressed Deville and Chalhoub-Deville’s (2006), Schoonen’s (2012), and Xi and Mollaun’s (2006) call for research into the contextual features that are considered related to person-by-task inter...

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  • Speaking self-assessment: Mismatches between learners and teachers criteria
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Babaii, E., Taghaddomi, S., Pashmforoosh, R.

    Perceptual (mis)matches between teachers and learners are said to affect learning success or failure. Self-assessment, as a formative assessment tool, may, inter alia, be considered a means to mini...

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  • Book Review: Talking about Language Assessment: The LAQ Interviews
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by McCord, R.

  • The selection of cognitive diagnostic models for a reading comprehension test
    Posted on 16 Jun 2016 at 10:27 pm
    by Li, H., Hunter, C. V., Lei, P.-W.

    Cognitive diagnostic models (CDMs) have great promise for providing diagnostic information to aid learning and instruction, and a large number of CDMs have been proposed. However, the assumptions a...

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  • Evolving Trends in Public Opinion on the Quality of Local Schools
    Posted on 13 Jun 2016 at 4:50 am
    by Bali, V. A.

    The ratings given by citizens to local public schools in the United States have been rising in the last decades. Using national public opinion surveys, this study seeks to understand the determinan...

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  • Does Morphology Play an Important Role in L2 Chinese Vocabulary Acquisition?
    Posted on 9 Jun 2016 at 7:41 am
    by Haomin (Stanley) Zhang
    The present study examined the role of morphological awareness in second language (L2) Chinese vocabulary acquisition through an investigation of linguistic universality and specificity underlying ... (show all)

  • A Comparison of Constrained Item Selection Methods in Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing
    Posted on 2 Jun 2016 at 4:49 am
    by Su, Y.-H.

    The construction of assessments in computerized adaptive testing (CAT) usually involves fulfilling a large number of statistical and non-statistical constraints to meet test specifications. To impr...

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  • Perceived Influence of Cooperating Teachers on edTPA Performance
    Posted on 1 Jun 2016 at 7:40 pm
    by Jennifer Behney
    The Education Teaching Performance Assessment (edTPA) is a performance assessment of teacher effectiveness that is increasingly used to make decisions about licensure for teacher candidates, includ... (show all)

  • Web-Based Assessment of Childrens Social-Emotional Comprehension
    Posted on 1 Jun 2016 at 5:19 am
    by McKown, C., Russo-Ponsaran, N. M., Johnson, J. K., Russo, J., Allen, A.

    This article presents results from two studies that included ethnically and socioeconomically diverse samples totaling 4,462 children in kindergarten through third grade. Each study examined the ps...

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  • Formative assessment in discussion tasks
    Posted on 1 Jun 2016 at 2:37 am
    by Parsons, D.

    Open discussion tasks that involve problem-solving and the sharing of ideas are not amenable to the elicitation of target language forms. By systematically introducing formative assessment into the...

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  • Mutually Beneficial Foreign Language Learning: Creating Meaningful Interactions Through Video-Synchronous Computer-Mediated Communication
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 8:30 am
    by Fumie Kato, Ryan Spring, Chikako Mori
    Providing learners of a foreign language with meaningful opportunities for interactions, specifically with native speakers, is especially challenging for instructors. One way to overcome this obsta... (show all)

  • Local control in the era of accountability: A case study of Wisconsin preK
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 1:00 am
    by M. Elizabeth Graue, Bethany Wilinski, Amato Nocera

    The opposing principles of local control and increased standardization are a prominent tension in the United States? education system. Since at least the early 1990s, this tension has taken shape a...

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  • Extending the scope of speaking assessment criteria in a specific-purpose language test: Operationalizing a health professional perspective
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by OHagan, S., Pill, J., Zhang, Y.

    Criticism of specific-purpose language (LSP) tests is often directed at their limited ability to represent fully the demands of the target language use situation. Such criticisms extend to the crit...

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  • Standard setting in specific-purpose language testing: What can a qualitative study add?
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Manias, E., McNamara, T.

    This paper explores the views of nursing and medical domain experts in considering the standards for a specific-purpose English language screening test, the Occupational English Test (OET), for pro...

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  • Drawing on indigenous criteria for more authentic assessment in a specific-purpose language test: Health professionals interacting with patients
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J.

    The indigenous assessment practices (Jacoby & McNamara, 1999) in selected health professions were investigated to inform a review of the scope of assessment in the speaking sub-test of a specific-p...

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  • The hunt for "indigenous criteria" in assessing communication in the physiotherapy workplace
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C., McNamara, T.

    Gaining insights from domain experts into how they view communication in real world settings is recognized as an important authenticity consideration in the development of criteria to assess langua...

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  • Exploring the limits of authenticity in LSP testing: The case of a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Elder, C.

  • A comparative discourse study of simulated clinical roleplays in two assessment contexts: Validating a specific-purpose language test
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Woodward-Kron, R., Elder, C.

    The aim of this paper is to investigate from a discourse analytic perspective task authenticity in the speaking component of the Occupational English Test (OET), an English language screening test ...

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  • Language test as boundary object: Perspectives from test users in the healthcare domain
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Macqueen, S., Pill, J., Knoch, U.

    Objects that sit between intersecting social worlds, such as Language for Specific Purposes (LSP) tests, are boundary objects – dynamic, historically derived mechanisms which maintain coherence bet...

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  • "Language," "communication," and the longing for the authentic in LSP testing
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Hoekje, B.

    This commentary argues that the OET research raises inescapable contradictions in trying to separate "language" from "communication" within a weak performance test and advocates for reconceptualizi...

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  • How much is enough? Involving occupational experts in setting standards on a specific-purpose language test for health professionals
    Posted on 23 May 2016 at 12:01 am
    by Pill, J., McNamara, T.

    This paper considers how to establish the minimum required level of professionally relevant oral communication ability in the medium of English for health practitioners with English as an additiona...

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  • Alignment and Accountability in Policy Design and Implementation: The Common Core State Standards and Implementation Research
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 9:47 am
    by Coburn, C. E., Hill, H. C., Spillane, J. P.

    Both the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and recent efforts to hold schools and teachers accountable have been hotly debated among practitioners, policymakers, and the public at large. Much of t...

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  • Who Is Opposed to Common Core and Why?
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 9:47 am
    by Polikoff, M. S., Hardaway, T., Marsh, J. A., Plank, D. N.

    Rising opposition to the Common Core Standards (CCS) has undermined implementation throughout the country. Yet there has been no scholarly analysis of the predictors of CCS opposition in the popula...

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  • Living Language: Self-Assessment, Oral Production, and Domestic Immersion
    Posted on 20 May 2016 at 7:45 am
    by Haley N. Dolosic, Cindy Brantmeier, Michael Strube, Mark C. Hogrebe
    With 24 adolescent students enrolled in a French language summer camp, the present study examines the relationship between self-assessment and oral production in French, interpreting results throug... (show all)

  • Motivation Interventions in Education: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Posted on 9 May 2016 at 9:28 am
    by Lazowski, R. A., Hulleman, C. S.

    This meta-analysis provides an extensive and organized summary of intervention studies in education that are grounded in motivation theory. We identified 74 published and unpublished papers that ex...

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  • Mediated Development: A Vygotskian Approach to Transforming Second Language Learner Abilities
    Posted on 6 May 2016 at 7:20 am
    by Matthew E. Poehner, Paolo Infante
    The authors point to systemic-theoretical instruction (STI), which underscores the importance of abstract conceptual knowledge in schooling, and dynamic assessment (DA), in which mediators and lear... (show all)

  • Pedagogical and Social Climate in School Questionnaire: Factorial Validity and Reliability of the Teacher Version
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Dimitrova, R., Ferrer-Wreder, L., Galanti, M. R.

    This study evaluated the factorial structure of the Pedagogical and Social Climate in School (PESOC) questionnaire among 307 teachers in Bulgaria. The teacher edition of PESOC consists of 11 scales...

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  • Comparing Childrens Performance on and Preference for a Number-Line Estimation Task: Tablet Versus Paper and Pencil
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Piatt, C., Coret, M., Choi, M., Volden, J., Bisanz, J.

    Tablet computers (tablets) are positioned to be powerful, innovative, effective, and motivating research and assessment tools. We addressed two questions critical for evaluating the appropriateness...

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  • A Study of the Relationship Between the ACT College Mathematics Readiness Standard and College Mathematics Achievement
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 12:09 pm
    by Harwell, M., Moreno, M., Post, T.

    This study examined the relationship between the American College Testing (ACT) college mathematics readiness standard and college mathematics achievement using a sample of students who met or exce...

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  • Similar prompts may not be similar in the performance they elicit: Examining fluency, complexity, accuracy, and lexis in narratives from five picture prompts
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by de Jong, N., Vercellotti, M. L.

    Only a few characteristics of picture-based narrative prompts have been studied to determine what features affect task performance. Thus, it is not easy to identify equivalent narrative prompts or ...

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  • Focus on form through task repetition in TBLT
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by van de Guchte, M., Braaksma, M., Rijlaarsdam, G., Bimmel, P.

    Because there has been little research on focus on form during the post-task phase in task-based language teaching, this experimental study investigates the effects of task repetition after having ...

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  • Task-based language teaching: An empirical study of task transfer
    Posted on 5 May 2016 at 4:12 am
    by Benson, S. D.

    Since the 1980s, task-based language teaching (TBLT) has enjoyed considerable interest from researchers of second language acquisition (SLA), resulting in a growing body of empirical evidence to su...

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  • Revisiting Zipfian Frequency: L2 Acquisition of English Prenominal Past Participles
    Posted on 3 May 2016 at 7:06 am
    This study examined the effectiveness of Zipfian frequency at facilitating the acquisition of English prenominal past participles. Chinese middle school students (N = 103) were randomly assigned to... (show all)

  • Maximum Likelihood Score Estimation Method With Fences for Short-Length Tests and Computerized Adaptive Tests
    Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 12:37 am
    by Han, K. T.

    A critical shortcoming of the maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) method for test score estimation is that it does not work with certain response patterns, including ones consisting only of all 0s ...

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  • Derivation and Applicability of Asymptotic Results for Multiple Subtests Person-Fit Statistics
    Posted on 29 Apr 2016 at 12:37 am
    by Albers, C. J., Meijer, R. R., Tendeiro, J. N.

    In high-stakes testing, it is important to check the validity of individual test scores. Although a test may, in general, result in valid test scores for most test takers, for some test takers, tes...

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  • Investigating Technology-Enhanced Teacher Professional Development in Rural, High-Poverty Middle Schools
    Posted on 20 Apr 2016 at 9:00 am
    by Blanchard, M. R., LePrevost, C. E., Tolin, A. D., Gutierrez, K. S.

    This 3-year, mixed-methods study investigated the effects of teacher technology-enhanced professional development (TPD) on 20 teachers’ beliefs and practices. Teachers in two middle schools located...

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  • Assessing U.S. Public School Quality: The Advantages of Combining Internal "Consumer Ratings" With External NCLB Ratings
    Posted on 12 Apr 2016 at 1:51 am
    by Price, H. E.

    The school quality assessment process under No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is criticized for oversimplifying and overemphasizing standardized test results and unfairly targeting diverse, urban schools...

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  • Testing and Assessment for the Good of Education: Contributions of AERA Presidents, 1915-2015
    Posted on 29 Mar 2016 at 4:14 pm
    by Shepard, L. A.

    Early presidents of the American Educational Research Association were leaders in the testing movement. Their intentions were to improve education by means of testing, which included both IQ and ac...

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  • Conserving a Legacy: Presidential Leaders in Education Research
    Posted on 29 Mar 2016 at 4:14 pm
    by Schneider, B.

    This essay briefly describes some of the early AERA presidents who were empiricists, several of them directors of research, and how their work connects with some of the issues of design, measuremen...

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  • Toward a Capacity Framework for Useful Student Learning Outcomes Assessment in College Foreign Language Programs
    Posted on 24 Mar 2016 at 7:32 am
    The educational impacts of mandated assessment in U.S. colleges is part of a growing research agenda focused on how methodologies of program evaluation best enable educators to improve teaching and... (show all)

  • Production and perception of the English /ae/-/a/ contrast in switched-dominance speakers
    Posted on 17 Mar 2016 at 3:14 am
    by Casillas, J. V., Simonet, M.

    This study investigates how fluent second-language (L2) learners of English produce and perceive the /æ/–/a/ vowel contrast of Southwestern American English. Two learner groups are examined: (1) ea...

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  • Source(s) of syntactic cross-linguistic influence (CLI): The case of L3 acquisition of English possessives by Mazandarani-Persian bilinguals
    Posted on 17 Mar 2016 at 3:14 am
    by Fallah, N., Jabbari, A. A., Fazilatfar, A. M.

    This study investigates the role of previously acquired linguistic systems, Mazandarani and Persian, in the acquisition of third language (L3) English at the initial stages. The data have been obta...

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  • Validation of the Chinese Version of the Social Achievement Goal Orientation Scale
    Posted on 16 Mar 2016 at 2:54 am
    by Zhao, Y., Zhu, X., Zhao, G.

    This study examined the validity of a Chinese version of the Social Achievement Goal Orientation Scale (C-SAGOS), a measure testing the trichotomous framework of achievement goal orientations in a ...

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  • Volume 36
    Posted on 29 Feb 2016 at 5:00 pm
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 36

    The Annual Review of Applied Linguistics reviews recent research in key areas of the broad field of applied linguistics. Each issue is thematic, cov... (show all)

  • Effects of Different Types of Corrective Feedback on Receptive Skills in a Second Language: A Speech Perception Training Study
    Posted on 17 Feb 2016 at 3:03 am
    by Andrew H. Lee, Roy Lyster
    This study investigated the effects of different types of corrective feedback (CF) provided during second language (L2) speech perception training. One hundred Korean learners of L2 English, random... (show all)

  • The Theory and Practice of Culturally Relevant Education: A Synthesis of Research Across Content Areas
    Posted on 8 Feb 2016 at 1:45 pm
    by Aronson, B., Laughter, J.

    Many teachers and educational researchers have claimed to adopt tenets of culturally relevant education (CRE). However, recent work describes how standardized curricula and testing have marginalize...

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  • Generational Differences in Academic Achievement Among Immigrant Youths: A Meta-Analytic Review
    Posted on 8 Feb 2016 at 1:45 pm
    by Duong, M. T., Badaly, D., Liu, F. F., Schwartz, D., McCarty, C. A.

    Research on generational differences in immigrant youths’ academic achievement has yielded conflicting findings. This meta-analysis reconciles discrepant findings by testing meta-analytic moderator...

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  • Comparing the Performance of Eight Item Preknowledge Detection Statistics
    Posted on 4 Feb 2016 at 11:29 am
    by Belov, D. I.

    Item preknowledge describes a situation in which a group of examinees (called aberrant examinees) have had access to some items (called compromised items) from an administered test prior to the exa...

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  • On Computing the Key Probability in the Stochastically Curtailed Sequential Probability Ratio Test
    Posted on 4 Feb 2016 at 11:29 am
    by Huebner, A. R., Finkelman, M. D.

    The Stochastically Curtailed Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SCSPRT) is a termination criterion for computerized classification tests (CCTs) that has been shown to be more efficient than the wel...

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  • Do decision rules matter? A descriptive study of English language proficiency assessment classifications for English-language learners and native English speakers in fifth grade
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Carroll, P. E., Bailey, A. L.

    English language proficiency assessments (ELPA) are used in the United States to measure annually the English language progress and proficiency of English-language learners (ELLs), a subgroup of la...

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  • The influence of training and experience on rater performance in scoring spoken language
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Davis, L.

    Two factors were investigated that are thought to contribute to consistency in rater scoring judgments: rater training and experience in scoring. Also considered were the relative effects of scorin...

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  • Book review: The Companion to Language Assessment
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Read, J.

  • Adaptation of a vocabulary test from British Sign Language to American Sign Language
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Mann, W., Roy, P., Morgan, G.

    This study describes the adaptation process of a vocabulary knowledge test for British Sign Language (BSL) into American Sign Language (ASL) and presents results from the first round of pilot testi...

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  • A comparison of newly-trained and experienced raters on a standardized writing assessment
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Attali, Y.

    A short training program for evaluating responses to an essay writing task consisted of scoring 20 training essays with immediate feedback about the correct score. The same scoring session also ser...

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  • The role of timing in assessing oral reading fluency and comprehension in Kenya
    Posted on 20 Jan 2016 at 3:50 am
    by Piper, B., Zuilkowski, S. S.

    Despite rapid growth in literacy-related programmes and evaluation in sub-Saharan Africa, little critical attention has been paid to the relevance of assumptions that underlie existing assessment m...

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  • Pitch Ability As an Aptitude for Tone Learning
    Posted on 7 Jan 2016 at 4:41 am
    by Anita R. Bowles, Charles B. Chang, Valerie P. Karuzis
    Tone languages such as Mandarin use voice pitch to signal lexical contrasts, presenting a challenge for second/foreign language (L2) learners whose native languages do not use pitch in this manner.... (show all)

  • Above-Level Test Item Functioning Across Examinee Age Groups
    Posted on 27 Dec 2015 at 4:06 am
    by Warne, R. T., Doty, K. J., Malbica, A. M., Angeles, V. R., Innes, S., Hall, J., Masterson-Nixon, K.

    Above-level testing (also called above-grade testing, out-of-level testing, and off-level testing) is the practice of administering to a child a test that is designed for an examinee population tha...

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  • Investigation of the Latent Structure for the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory
    Posted on 27 Dec 2015 at 4:06 am
    by Finch, W. H., Cassady, J. C., Jones, J. A.

    The Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) is a very popular tool for measuring the learning and study strategies of high school and college students. Prior research with the LASSI has sup...

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  • The role of L1 conceptual and linguistic knowledge and frequency in the acquisition of L2 metaphorical expressions
    Posted on 22 Dec 2015 at 11:51 pm
    by Türker, E.

    This study investigates how figurative language is processed by learners of a second language (L2). With an experiment testing L2 comprehension of figurative expressions in three categories, each c...

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  • Effects of glosses on learning of L2 grammar and vocabulary
    Posted on 15 Dec 2015 at 12:10 am
    by Jung, J.

    The present study examines how glossing of second language (L2) texts affects L2 learners’ reading comprehension as well as their learning of L2 grammar and vocabulary. It employed a pretest, immed...

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  • The effects of textual enhancement type on L2 form recognition and reading comprehension in Spanish
    Posted on 15 Dec 2015 at 12:10 am
    by LaBrozzi, R. M.

    Previous research investigating the effectiveness of textual enhancement as a tool to draw adult second language (L2) learners’ attention to the targeted linguistic form has consistently produced m...

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  • Shadowing: Who benefits and how? Uncovering a booming EFL teaching technique for listening comprehension
    Posted on 15 Dec 2015 at 12:10 am
    by Hamada, Y.

    This study examines common claims associated with shadowing. Studies in Japan conclude that shadowing is effective for improving learners’ listening skills. Two common claims are that shadowing is ...

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  • Convergence and Divergence of Process and Portfolio Approaches to L2 Writing Instruction: Issues and Implications
    Posted on 23 Nov 2015 at 3:53 am
    by Lam, R.

    In the L2 writing literature, there has been a rich history of scholarship in theory, research and practice since the 1960s. Two of the most prominent L2 writing approaches are process and portfoli...

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  • Validating the Slovenian national alignment to CEFR: The case of the B2 reading comprehension examination in English
    Posted on 9 Nov 2015 at 2:03 am
    by Ilc, G., Stopar, A.

    The paper examines the results of the CEFR alignment project for the Slovenian national examinations in English. The authors aim to validate externally the standard-setting procedures by adopting a...

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  • A comparison of three test formats to assess word difficulty
    Posted on 9 Nov 2015 at 2:03 am
    by Culligan, B.

    This study compared three common vocabulary test formats, the Yes/No test, the Vocabulary Knowledge Scale (VKS), and the Vocabulary Levels Test (VLT), as measures of vocabulary difficulty. Vocabula...

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  • Reexamining elicited imitation as a measure of implicit grammatical knowledge and beyond...?
    Posted on 9 Nov 2015 at 2:03 am
    by Sarandi, H.

    This study examines elicited imitation (EI) both as a measure of implicit grammatical knowledge and more global semantic and syntactic knowledge. It also examines whether length affects the difficu...

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  • The use of eye tracking in research on video-based second language (L2) listening assessment: A comparison of context videos and content videos
    Posted on 9 Nov 2015 at 2:03 am
    by Suvorov, R.

    Investigating how visuals affect test takers’ performance on video-based L2 listening tests has been the focus of many recent studies. While most existing research has been based on test scores and...

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  • Effects of Corpus-Aided Language Learning in the EFL Grammar Classroom: A Case Study of Students' Learning Attitudes and Teachers' Perceptions in Taiwan
    Posted on 2 Nov 2015 at 12:48 am
    by Ming Huei Lin
    This study employed a blended approach to form an extensive assessment of the pedagogical suitability of data-driven learning (DDL) in Taiwan's EFL grammar classrooms. On the one hand, the study qu... (show all)

  • Functional Language Instruction and the Writing Growth of English Language Learners in the Middle Years
    Posted on 29 Jul 2015 at 5:50 am
    by Sally Humphrey, Lucy Macnaught
    In this article the authors report on the use of a scaffolding pedagogy (Gibbons, 2009), informed by systemic functional linguistics, to support the writing of English language learners in middle y... (show all)

  • Do Native Speakers of North American and Singapore English Differentially Perceive Comprehensibility in Second Language Speech?
    Posted on 23 Jul 2015 at 11:22 pm
    by Kazuya Saito, Natsuko Shintani
    The current study examined the extent to which native speakers of North American and Singapore English differentially perceive the comprehensibility (ease of understanding) of second language (L2) ... (show all)

  • Development of Speech Fluency Over a Short Period of Time: Effects of Pedagogic Intervention
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 8:32 am
    by Parvaneh Tavakoli, Colin Campbell, Joan McCormack
    This study investigates the effects of a short-term pedagogic intervention on development of second language (L2) fluency among learners studying English for academic purposes at a UK university. I... (show all)

  • Oral reading fluency and comprehension in Kenya: reading acquisition in a multilingual environment
    Posted on 21 Apr 2015 at 7:41 pm
    by Benjamin Piper, Leila Schroeder, Barbara Trudell
    Reading research has shown that variable relationships exist between measures of oral reading fluency and reading comprehension, depending on whether the language of the text is the reader's first ... (show all)

  • It matters whether reading comprehension is conceptualised as rate or accuracy
    Posted on 27 Mar 2015 at 3:25 am
    by Louise Flensted Rønberg, Dorthe Klint Petersen
    This study shows that it makes a difference whether accuracy measures or rate measures are used when assessing reading comprehension. When the outcome is reading comprehension accuracy (i.e., the n... (show all)

  • A Multi-perspective Investigation of Attitudes Towards English Accents in Hong Kong: Implications for Pronunciation Teaching
    Posted on 29 Jan 2015 at 4:09 am
    by Jim Y. H. Chan
    The study reported in this article examined Hong Kong students' attitudes towards English accents from three interrelated perspectives: (1) their awareness of accents, (2) their perception of accen... (show all)

  • The role of word decoding, vocabulary knowledge and meta-cognitive knowledge in monolingual and bilingual low-achieving adolescents' reading comprehension
    Posted on 22 Dec 2014 at 2:54 am
    by Roel Steensel, Ron Oostdam, Amos Gelderen, Erik Schooten
    In this study, we analysed the relationships between word decoding, vocabulary knowledge, meta-cognitive knowledge and reading comprehension in low-achieving adolescents and examined whether the st... (show all)

  • The Link between Pronunciation Anxiety and Willingness to Communicate in the Foreign-Language Classroom: The Polish EFL Context
    Posted on 5 Nov 2014 at 3:31 pm

    Anxiety and L2 self-confidence have been suggested as vital determinants of willingness to communicate (WTC) in a foreign-language (FL) learning environment. Studies also demonstrate that it is a ...

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  • The DELF in Canada: Perceptions of Students, Teachers, and Parents
    Posted on 16 Oct 2014 at 12:26 pm

    The Diplôme d?études de langue française (DELF) has recently gained attention in Canada for its potential as a national French second language (FSL) proficiency test. This article explores the per...

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  • The need for speed: a critical discourse analysis of the reclassification of English language learners in Arizona
    Posted on 5 May 2012 at 12:01 am

    Abstract  Several states, including Arizona, have enacted English-only legislation, within the past decade, impacting the schooling of students who are identified as English language learner (ELLS...

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