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This web page lists articles in general applied linguistics and educational research journals that may be related to language testing and assessment, or use language tests as part of their methodology. Over thirty widely used journals are currently scanned for relevant articles. Content of the specialist language testing journals can be found here.

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  • In-house or commercial speaking tests: Evaluating strengths for EAP placement
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 7:44 pm
    Publication date: December 2013
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 12, Issue 4
    Author(s): Joan Jamieson , Linxiao Wang , Jacqueline Church
    When language program administ... (show all)

  • Identifying academically at-risk students in an English-as-a-Lingua-Franca university setting
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 7:44 pm
    Publication date: September 2014
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 15
    Author(s): Michael Harrington , Thomas Roche
    This study examines the relationship between written a... (show all)

  • Using subject specialists to validate an ESP rating scale: The case of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) rating scale
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 5:19 pm
    Publication date: January 2014
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 33
    Author(s): Ute Knoch
    As part of the English-language proficiency requirements for pilots and air traffic controll... (show all)

  • ?We'd be prepared to do something, like if you say?? hypothetical reported speech in business negotiations
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 5:19 pm
    Publication date: October 2014
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 36
    Author(s): Almut Koester
    This article examines the use of hypothetical reported speech (HRS) in business negotiat... (show all)

  • Towards valid score reports in the Computer Program LOVS: A redesign study
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 23 May 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Fabienne M. Van der Kleij , Theo J.H.M. Eggen , Ronald J.H. Engelen
    Supporting users in int... (show all)

  • The potential formative benefits of portfolio assessment in second and foreign language writing contexts: A review of the literature
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 29 March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Tony Burner
    This article identifies the potential formative benefits of using portfolio ass... (show all)

  • The importance of connection to nature in assessing environmental education programs
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 41
    Author(s): Cynthia McPherson Frantz , F. Stephan Mayer
    Environmental education imparts knowledge and creates ex... (show all)

  • The electronic portfolio as a tool to develop and assess pre-service student teaching competences: Challenges for quality
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 10 July 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Katrien Struyven , Yves Blieck , Véronique De Roeck
    Many teacher education institutions ai... (show all)

  • Can student-generated test materials support learning?
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 4 March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Ricky Lam
    This paper aims to investigate students? perspectives on the interplay between the... (show all)

  • Developing the SRL-PV assessment scheme: Preservice teachers? professional vision for teaching self-regulated learning
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 26 June 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Tova Michalsky
    The present study aimed to: (a) develop the SRL-PV scheme for assessing prese... (show all)

  • Evaluating Meaningful Watershed Educational Experiences: An exploration into the effects on participating students? environmental stewardship characteristics and the relationships between these predictors of environmentally responsible behavior
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 41
    Author(s): Michaela Zint , Anita Kraemer , Giselle Kolenic
    This study evaluated Meaningful Watershed Education... (show all)

  • Searching for stages of teacher's skills in assessment
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 40
    Author(s): Margarita Christoforidou , Leonidas Kyriakides , Panayiotis Antoniou , Bert P.M. Creemers
    This st... (show all)

  • A case of technology-enhanced formative assessment and achievement in primary grammar: How is quality assurance of formative assessment assured?
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 4 March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Mary K. Sheard , Bette Chambers
    This article investigates how using an online resource with... (show all)

  • The effects of professional development on the attitudes, knowledge and skills for data-driven decision making
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: September 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 42
    Author(s): L. Staman , A.J. Visscher , H. Luyten
    The Dutch government and School Inspectorate encourage s... (show all)

  • Development and evaluation of a summative assessment program for senior teacher competence
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 40
    Author(s): Anouke Bakx , Liesbeth Baartman , Tamara van Schilt-Mol
    The focus of this article is the developme... (show all)

  • Assuring the quality of standards-oriented classroom assessment with rubrics for complex competencies
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 3:30 pm
    Publication date: Available online 4 March 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation
    Author(s): Robbert Smit , Thomas Birri
    Rubrics are assessment tools that help students gain complex co... (show all)

  • Metonymy in the semantic field of verbal communication: A corpus-based analysis of word
    Posted on 26 Jul 2014 at 11:56 am
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:Journal of Pragmatics, Volume 67
    Author(s): Annelie Ädel
    Language about language has been studied above all from the perspective of metaphor, neglecting meto... (show all)

  • The Effects of Task Complexity and Input Frequency on the Acquisition of the Past Counterfactual Construction Through Recasts
    Posted on 23 Jul 2014 at 4:11 am
    by Andrea Révész, Rebecca Sachs, Mika Hama
    This investigation examined two techniques that may help learners focus on second language (L2) constructions when recasts are provided during meaning-based communicative activities: altering the c... (show all)

  • Opening the Window on Comprehensible Pronunciation After 19 Years: A Workplace Training Study
    Posted on 21 Jul 2014 at 4:06 am
    by Tracey M. Derwing, Murray J. Munro, Jennifer A. Foote, Erin Waugh, Jason Fleming
    We present the outcomes of a pronunciation training program conducted in a workplace setting with second language speakers who had lived in an English-speaking environment for an average of 19 year... (show all)

  • The Development and Implementation of a National, Standards-based, Multi-method Teacher Performance Assessment System in Chile
    Posted on 20 Jul 2014 at 6:00 pm
    by Sandy Taut, Yulan Sun

    Assessing teaching performance is a contentious issue in current educational policy in many countries. In Chile, a national, standards-based, multi-method, mandatory teacher evaluation system has b...

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  • Common Structural Design Features of Rubrics May Represent a Threat to Validity
    Posted on 14 Jul 2014 at 6:00 pm
    by Humphry, S. M., Heldsinger, S. A.

    Rubrics for assessing student performance are often seen as providing rich information about complex skills. Despite their widespread usage, however, little empirical research has focused on whethe...

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  • Bottom-Up or Top-Down: English as a Foreign Language Vocabulary Instruction for Chinese University Students
    Posted on 23 Jun 2014 at 4:10 am
    by Christo Moskovsky, Guowu Jiang, Alan Libert, Seamus Fagan
    Whereas there has been some research on the role of bottom-up and top-down processing in the learning of a second or foreign language, very little attention has been given to bottom-up and top-down... (show all)

  • Evaluating the Adequacy of Social-Emotional Measures in Early Childhood
    Posted on 22 Jun 2014 at 11:55 pm
    by Gokiert, R. J., Georgis, R., Tremblay, M., Krishnan, V., Vandenberghe, C., Lee, C.

    Technical adequacy and usability are important considerations in selecting early childhood social-emotional (SE) screening and assessment measures. As identification of difficulties can be tied to ...

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  • A fine-grained analysis of the effects of negative evidence with and without metalinguistic information in language development
    Posted on 18 Jun 2014 at 5:14 am
    by Lado, B., Bowden, H. W., Stafford, C. A., Sanz, C.

    The current study compared the effectiveness of computer-delivered task-essential practice coupled with feedback consisting of (1) negative evidence with metalinguistic information (NE+MI) or (2) n...

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  • Interaction, modality, and word engagement as factors in lexical learning in a Chinese context
    Posted on 18 Jun 2014 at 5:14 am
    by Niu, R., Helms-Park, R.

    This study investigates the roles of collaborative output, the modality of output, and word engagement in vocabulary learning and retention by Chinese-speaking undergraduate EFL learners. The two t...

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  • Aptitude-treatment interaction effects on explicit rule learning: A latent growth curve analysis
    Posted on 18 Jun 2014 at 5:14 am
    by Hwu, F., Pan, W., Sun, S.

    Finding the match between individuals and educational treatments is the aim of both educators and the aptitude-treatment interaction research paradigm. Using the latent growth curve analysis, the p...

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  • Comparing foreign accent in L1 attrition and L2 acquisition: Range and rater effects
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 11:44 pm
    by Schmid, M. S., Hopp, H.

    This study examines the methodology of global foreign accent ratings in studies on L2 speech production. In three experiments, we test how variation in raters, range within speech samples, as well ...

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  • SLA developmental stages and teachers' assessment of written French: Exploring Direkt Profil as a diagnostic assessment tool
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 11:44 pm
    by Granfeldt, J., Agren, M.

    One core area of research in Second Language Acquisition is the identification and definition of developmental stages in different L2s. For L2 French, Bartning and Schlyter (2004) presented a model...

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  • Raters' decisions, rating procedures and rating scales
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 11:44 pm
    by Kuiken, F., Vedder, I.

    This special issue of Language Testing explores raters’ evaluations of L2 proficiency and possible causes of variability of rater judgments. In addition to the analysis of rater behavior and rater ...

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  • Native speakers' perceptions of fluency and accent in L2 speech
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 11:44 pm
    by Pinget, A.-F., Bosker, H. R., Quene, H., de Jong, N. H.

    Oral fluency and foreign accent distinguish L2 from L1 speech production. In language testing practices, both fluency and accent are usually assessed by raters. This study investigates what exactly...

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  • The role of automated writing evaluation holistic scores in the ESL classroom
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:System, Volume 44
    Author(s): Zhi Li , Stephanie Link , Hong Ma , Hyejin Yang , Volker Hegelheimer
    The advancement of automated writing evaluation (AWE) h... (show all)

  • Exploring the construct of interactional oral fluency: Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing approaches
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: August 2014
    Source:System, Volume 45
    Author(s): Masatoshi Sato
    This exploratory study pursues the construct of interactional oral fluency during peer interaction by (a) inves... (show all)

  • Using the keyword method in the classroom: Is the interacting imagery necessary?
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: August 2014
    Source:System, Volume 45
    Author(s): Dacian D. Dolean
    The Keyword Method (KWM) is one of the most extensively researched methods used in foreign language vocabular... (show all)

  • ?A good all-round French workout? or ?a massive stress??: Perceptions of group work among tertiary learners of French
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:System, Volume 44
    Author(s): Diane de Saint Léger , Kerry Mullan
    Collaborative group work in second language learning usually involves the completion of sho... (show all)

  • Counterargumentation and the cultivation of critical thinking in argumentative writing: Investigating washback from a high-stakes test
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: August 2014
    Source:System, Volume 45
    Author(s): Fulan Liu , Paul Stapleton
    It is generally acknowledged that counterargumentation is a key factor contributing to the persuas... (show all)

  • Three approaches to glossing and their effects on vocabulary learning
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: June 2014
    Source:System, Volume 44
    Author(s): Lo-li Huang , Chih-cheng Lin
    Glossing facilitates the creation of correct form-meaning connections, but does not encourage infe... (show all)

  • Reliability of lexical richness measures based on word lists in short second language productions
    Posted on 10 Jun 2014 at 8:56 am
    Publication date: February 2014
    Source:System, Volume 42
    Author(s): Masumi Kojima , Junko Yamashita
    The main purpose of this study was to examine the reliability of S, a lexical richness meas... (show all)

  • Ultimate attainment of anaphora resolution in L2 Chinese
    Posted on 3 Jun 2014 at 8:47 am
    by Zhao, L. X.

    The current study tests the Interface Hypothesis through forward and backward anaphora in complex sentences with temporal subordinate clauses in highly proficient English-speaking learners’ second-...

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  • Detecting Aberrant Responding on Unidimensional Pairwise Preference Tests: An Application of lz Based on the Zinnes-Griggs Ideal Point IRT Model
    Posted on 27 May 2014 at 1:21 am
    by Lee, P., Stark, S., Chernyshenko, O. S.

    This study investigated the efficacy of the lz person fit statistic for detecting aberrant responding with unidimensional pairwise preference (UPP) measures, constructed and scored...

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  • The Incidental Grammar Acquisition in Focus on Form and Focus on Forms Instruction for Young Beginner Learners
    Posted on 24 May 2014 at 12:26 am
    by Natsuko Shintani
    Incidental grammar acquisition involves learners ?picking up? a grammatical feature while their primary focus is on some other aspect of language?either message content or another language feature ... (show all)

  • The Single-Item Math Anxiety Scale: An Alternative Way of Measuring Mathematical Anxiety
    Posted on 23 May 2014 at 5:54 am
    by Nunez-Pena, M. I., Guilera, G., Suarez-Pellicioni, M.

    This study examined whether the Single-Item Math Anxiety Scale (SIMA), based on the item suggested by Ashcraft, provided valid and reliable scores of mathematical anxiety. A large sample of univers...

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  • Exploratory Bifactor Analysis of the WJ-III Cognitive in Adulthood via the Schmid-Leiman Procedure
    Posted on 23 May 2014 at 5:54 am
    by Dombrowski, S. C.

    The Woodcock–Johnson-III cognitive in the adult time period (age 20 to 90 plus) was analyzed using exploratory bifactor analysis via the Schmid–Leiman orthogonalization procedure. The results of th...

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  • Psychometric Characteristics of the Korean Mental Health Continuum-Short Form in an Adolescent Sample
    Posted on 23 May 2014 at 5:54 am
    by Lim, Y.-J.

    There have been few research studies to examine the positive mental health of Asian adolescents. The aim here is to examine the factorial structure, internal consistency, test-retest reliability, a...

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  • Concurrent Validity of the WISC-IV and DAS-II in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder
    Posted on 23 May 2014 at 5:54 am
    by Kuriakose, S.

    Cognitive assessments are used for a variety of research and clinical purposes in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This study establishes concurrent validity of the Wechsler Intelligen...

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  • Validity and sensitivity of the phonics screening check: implications for practice
    Posted on 13 May 2014 at 1:29 am
    by Fiona J. Duff, Silvana E. Mengoni, Alison M. Bailey, Margaret J. Snowling
    Background Introduced in June 2012, the phonics screening check aims to assess whether 6-year-old children are meeting an appropriate standard in phonic decoding and to identify children struggling... (show all)

  • The Effects of Different Lengths of Pretask Planning Time on L2 Learners' Oral Test Performance
    Posted on 12 May 2014 at 3:46 am
    by Lanlan Li, Jiliang Chen, Lan Sun
    The effect of planning on second language (L2) learners' oral performance is a hotly debated topic in the field of second language acquisition. However, studies on the effect of different amounts o... (show all)

  • Cross-National Educational Inequalities and Opportunities to Learn: Conflicting Views of Instructional Time
    Posted on 8 May 2014 at 11:05 pm
    by Long, D. A.

    Educational reformers use international evidence to argue that increasing the number of days in school and the length of the school day will improve academic achievement. However, the international...

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  • Cross-Language Similarity Modulates Effectiveness of Second Language Grammar Instruction
    Posted on 7 May 2014 at 3:56 am
    by Leida C. Tolentino, Natasha Tokowicz
    We investigated the effects of instruction method and cross-language similarity during second language (L2) grammar learning. English speakers learned a subset of Swedish using contrast and color h... (show all)

  • Student teachers developing a critical understanding of formative assessment in the modern foreign languages classroom on an initial teacher education course
    Posted on 6 May 2014 at 8:18 pm
    by Jane Jones
    The Language Learning Journal, Ahead of Print.


  • Individual Differences in Reading Development: A Review of 25 Years of Empirical Research on Matthew Effects in Reading
    Posted on 5 May 2014 at 1:00 pm
    by Pfost, M., Hattie, J., Dorfler, T., Artelt, C.

    The idea of Matthew effects in reading—the widening achievement gap between good and poor readers—has attracted considerable attention in education research in the past 25 years. Despite the popula...

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  • Assessment Fidelity in Reading Intervention Research: A Synthesis of the Literature
    Posted on 5 May 2014 at 1:00 pm
    by Reed, D. K., Cummings, K. D., Schaper, A., Biancarosa, G.

    Recent studies indicate that examiners make a number of intentional and unintentional errors when administering reading assessments to students. Because these errors introduce construct-irrelevant ...

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  • Controlling Individuals' Time Spent on Task in Speeded Performance Measures: Experimental Time Limits, Posterior Time Limits, and Response Time Modeling
    Posted on 4 May 2014 at 11:50 pm
    by Goldhammer, F., Kroehne, U.

    The speed-ability trade-off becomes a measurement problem if there is between-subject variation in the speed-ability compromise, as this may affect the comparability of ability estimates. To contro...

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  • World Englishes in international proficiency tests
    Posted on 2 May 2014 at 1:52 am
    by M. OBAIDUL HAMID
    The demographic dominance of ?non-native? speakers of English and the growing recognition of world Englishes (WE) call for critical examinations of varieties of English underpinning international p... (show all)

  • The Woodcock-Johnson Tests of Cognitive Abilities III's Cognitive Performance Model: Empirical Support for Intermediate Factors Within CHC Theory
    Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 4:46 am
    by Taub, G. E., McGrew, K. S.

    The Woodcock–Johnson Tests of Cognitive Ability Third Edition is developed using the Cattell–Horn–Carroll (CHC) measurement-theory test design as the instrument’s theoretical blueprint. The instrum...

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  • Predictive Validity and Accuracy of Oral Reading Fluency for English Learners
    Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 4:46 am
    by Vanderwood, M. L., Tung, C. Y., Checca, C. J.

    The predictive validity and accuracy of an oral reading fluency (ORF) measure for a statewide assessment in English language arts was examined for second-grade native English speakers (NESs) and En...

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  • Measurement Quality of the Chinese Early Childhood Program Rating Scale: An Investigation Using Multivariate Generalizability Theory
    Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 4:46 am
    by Chen, D., Hu, B. Y., Fan, X., Li, K.

    Adapted from the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale–Revised, the Chinese Early Childhood Program Rating Scale (CECPRS) is a culturally comparable measure for assessing the quality of early ch...

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  • The Parent Version of the Preschool Social Skills Rating System: Psychometric Analysis and Adaptation with a German Preschool Sample
    Posted on 25 Apr 2014 at 4:46 am
    by Hess, M., Scheithauer, H., Kleiber, D., Wille, N., Erhart, M., Ravens-Sieberer, U.

    The Social Skills Rating System (SSRS) developed by Gresham and Elliott (1990) is a multirater, norm-referenced instrument measuring social skills and adaptive behavior in preschool children. The a...

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  • Multimedia Instruction in Foreign Language Classrooms: Effects on the Acquisition of the French Perfective and Imperfective Distinction
    Posted on 21 Apr 2014 at 1:22 pm

    This study examined multimedia instruction (MI) effects on the development of the French prototypical and non-prototypical past forms among Hispanophone learners. During 4 weeks of classroom instr...

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  • Book and Software Reviews / Critiques de livres et de logiciels
    Posted on 21 Apr 2014 at 1:22 pm

    Erwin Tschirner (ed.), Aligning Frameworks of Reference in Language Testing: The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages, reviewed by Enrica Picca...

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  • Mitigating the Dangers of a Single Story: Creating Large-Scale Writing Assessments Aligned With Sociocultural Theory
    Posted on 11 Apr 2014 at 9:58 am
    by Behizadeh, N.

    The dangers of a single story in current U.S. large-scale writing assessment are that assessment practice does not align with theory and this practice has negative effects on instruction and studen...

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  • Item Selection Methods Based on Multiple Objective Approaches for Classifying Respondents Into Multiple Levels
    Posted on 4 Apr 2014 at 2:51 am
    by van Groen, M. M., Eggen, T. J. H. M., Veldkamp, B. P.

    Computerized classification tests classify examinees into two or more levels while maximizing accuracy and minimizing test length. The majority of currently available item selection methods maximiz...

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  • General Test Overlap Control: Improved Algorithm for CAT and CCT
    Posted on 4 Apr 2014 at 2:51 am
    by Chen, S.-Y., Lei, P.-W., Chen, J.-H., Liu, T.-C.

    This article proposed a new online test overlap control algorithm that is an improvement of Chen’s algorithm in controlling general test overlap rate for item pooling among a group of examinees. Ch...

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  • A latent variable investigation of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening-Kindergarten assessment: Construct identification and multigroup comparisons between Spanish-speaking English-language learners (ELLs) and non-ELL students
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Huang, F. L., Konold, T. R.

    Psychometric properties of the Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening for Kindergarten (PALS-K) instrument were investigated in a sample of 2844 first-time public school kindergarteners. PALS-K ...

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  • A multifaceted approach to investigating pre-task planning effects on paired oral test performance
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Nitta, R., Nakatsuhara, F.

    Despite the growing popularity of paired format speaking assessments, the effects of pre-task planning time on performance in these formats are not yet well understood. For example, some studies ha...

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  • Book review: Aligning Frameworks of Reference in Language Testing: The ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines and the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Papageorgiou, S.

  • Book review: Classroom-Based Assessment in the School Foreign Language Classroom
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Yu, G.

  • The influence of prompt on group oral tests
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Leaper, D. A., Riazi, M.

    This paper reports an investigation into how the prompt may influence the discourse of group oral tests. The group oral test, in which three or four participants are rated on their ability to discu...

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  • Examining the impact of L2 proficiency and keyboarding skills on scores on TOEFL-iBT writing tasks
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Barkaoui, K.

    A major concern with computer-based (CB) tests of second-language (L2) writing is that performance on such tests may be influenced by test-taker keyboarding skills. Poor keyboarding skills may forc...

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  • An investigation of the use of TOEFL(R) Junior™ Standard scores for ESL placement decisions in secondary education
    Posted on 3 Apr 2014 at 12:02 am
    by Papageorgiou, S., Cho, Y.

    A common use of language tests is to support decisions about examinees such as placement into appropriate classes. Research on placement testing has focused on English for Academic Purposes (EAP) i...

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  • Assessment instruments for primary CLIL: the conceptualisation and evaluation of test tasks
    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 8:20 am
    by Ute Massler et al
    The Language Learning Journal, Volume 42, Issue 2, Page 137-150, July 2014.


  • Issues in the assessment of bilingually educated students: expressing subject knowledge through L1 and L2
    Posted on 28 Mar 2014 at 8:20 am
    by Dana Gablasova
    The Language Learning Journal, Volume 42, Issue 2, Page 151-164, July 2014.


  • Further Evidence of the Comparative Memorability of Alliterative Expressions in Second Language Learning
    Posted on 27 Mar 2014 at 8:08 am
    by Boers, F., Lindstromberg, S., Webb, S.

    Previous research has furnished evidence that alliterative expressions (e.g. a slippery slope) are comparatively memorable for second language learners, at least when these expressions are attended...

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  • A study of secondary school English teachers' beliefs in the context of curriculum reform in China
    Posted on 25 Mar 2014 at 12:51 am
    by Zhang, F., Liu, Y.

    This study examines the beliefs of Chinese junior high school English teachers about foreign language teaching and influencing contextual factors in a time when curriculum innovation is confronting...

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  • Moving beyond accuracy: from tests of English to tests of 'Englishing'
    Posted on 18 Mar 2014 at 9:55 am
    by Hall, C. J.

    This article examines how English is conceptualized in the domain of testing, and particularly the tendency to identify the concepts of ‘standard English’ and ‘native English’ with ‘the language it...

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  • Conceptual and Methodological Problems in Research on College Undermatch
    Posted on 28 Feb 2014 at 5:00 pm
    by Bastedo, M. N., Flaster, A.

    Access to the nation’s most selective colleges remains starkly unequal, with students in the lowest income quartile constituting less than 4% of enrollment. A popular explanation for this phenomeno...

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  • The Development and Validation of the Contextualized Assessment Tool for Risk and Protection Management (CAT-RPM)
    Posted on 20 Feb 2014 at 10:58 pm
    by Bower, J. M., Carroll, A., Ashman, A.

    Traditional resources for ascertaining risk and protection for disengaged youth are often unsuitable, due to the stamina and skill required to complete them. Many of these tools assess risk without...

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  • Item Response Analysis of Uppercase and Lowercase Letter Name Knowledge
    Posted on 20 Feb 2014 at 10:58 pm
    by Bowles, R. P., Pentimonti, J. M., Gerde, H. K., Montroy, J. J.

    Letter name knowledge in the preschool ages is a strong predictor of later reading ability, but little is known about the psychometric characteristics of uppercase and lowercase letters considered ...

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  • A General Approach for Assessing Person Fit and Person Reliability in Typical-Response Measurement
    Posted on 18 Feb 2014 at 10:39 pm
    by Ferrando, P. J.

    In constant- IRT models, person unreliability is regarded as a source of person misfit. In Variable- IRT models, on the other hand, it is regarded as a relevant individual characteristic, which is ...

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  • Statistic lz -Based Person-Fit Methods for Noncognitive Multiscale Measures
    Posted on 18 Feb 2014 at 10:39 pm
    by Conijn, J. M., Emons, W. H. M., Sijtsma, K.

    Most person-fit statistics require long tests to reliably detect aberrant item-score vectors and are not readily applicable to noncognitive measures that consist of multiple short subscales. The au...

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  • A Sequential Procedure for Detecting Compromised Items in the Item Pool of a CAT System
    Posted on 18 Feb 2014 at 10:39 pm
    by Zhang, J.

    To maintain the validity of a continuous testing system, such as computerized adaptive testing (CAT), items should be monitored to ensure that the performance of test items has not gone through any...

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  • Accuracy of Asymptotic Standard Errors of the Maximum and Weighted Likelihood Estimators of Proficiency Levels With Short Tests
    Posted on 18 Feb 2014 at 10:39 pm
    by Magis, D.

    The maximum likelihood (ML) and the weighted likelihood (WL) estimators are commonly used to obtain proficiency level estimates with pre-calibrated item parameters. Both estimators have the same as...

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  • At the interface between language testing and second language acquisition: Language ability and context of learning
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Gu, L.

    This study investigated the relationship between latent components of academic English language ability and test takers’ study-abroad and classroom learning experiences through a structural equatio...

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  • Book review: An Encyclopedic Dictionary of Language Testing, 5th edition
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Santos, V. D. O.

  • Examining differential item functioning trends for English language learners in a reading test: A meta-analytical approach
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Koo, J., Becker, B. J., Kim, Y.-S.

    In this study, differential item functioning (DIF) trends were examined for English language learners (ELLs) versus non-ELL students in third and tenth grades on a large-scale reading assessment. T...

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  • Principles of quantile regression and an application
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Chen, F., Chalhoub-Deville, M.

    Newer statistical procedures are typically introduced to help address the limitations of those already in practice or to deal with emerging research needs. Quantile regression (QR) is introduced in...

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  • Examining testlet effects in the TestDaF listening section: A testlet response theory modeling approach
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Eckes, T.

    Testlets are subsets of test items that are based on the same stimulus and are administered together. Tests that contain testlets are in widespread use in language testing, but they also share a fu...

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  • Book review: The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Elder, C.

  • Hebrew language assessment measure for preschool children: A comparison between typically developing children and children with specific language impairment
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Katzenberger, I., Meilijson, S.

    The Katzenberger Hebrew Language Assessment for Preschool Children (henceforth: the KHLA) is the first comprehensive, standardized language assessment tool developed in Hebrew specifically for olde...

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  • The reliability of morphological analyses in language samples
    Posted on 5 Jan 2014 at 10:51 pm
    by Tommerdahl, J., Kilpatrick, C. D.

    It is currently unclear to what extent a spontaneous language sample of a given number of utterances is representative of a child’s ability in morphology and syntax. This lack of information about ...

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  • Examining Elementary Social Studies Marginalization: A Multilevel Model
    Posted on 2 Jan 2014 at 4:56 am
    by Fitchett, P. G., Heafner, T. L., Lambert, R. G.

    Utilizing data from the National Center for Education Statistics Schools and Staffing Survey (SASS), a multilevel model (Hierarchical Linear Model) was developed to examine the association of teach...

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  • No Child Left Bilingual: Accountability and the Elimination of Bilingual Education Programs in New York City Schools
    Posted on 2 Jan 2014 at 4:56 am
    by Menken, K., Solorza, C.

    Although educational policies for emergent bilinguals in New York City schools have historically supported the provision of bilingual education, the past decade has borne witness to a dramatic loss...

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  • Illustrating Students' Perceptions of English Language Assessment: Voices from China
    Posted on 10 Dec 2013 at 2:23 am
    by Xiao, Y., Carless, D. R.

    Whilst there are studies exploring students’ perspectives of assessment, relatively little is known about how Chinese high school students’ respond to assessment. Students’ perspectives are particu...

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  • New Directions In Vocabulary Testing
    Posted on 10 Dec 2013 at 2:23 am
    by Webb, S. A., Sasao, Y.

    There have been great strides made in research on vocabulary in the last 30 years. However, there has been relatively little progress in the development of new vocabulary tests. This may be due in ...

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  • Category labels induce boundary-dependent perceptual warping in learned speech categories
    Posted on 6 Nov 2013 at 4:08 am
    by Swan, K., Myers, E.

    Adults tend to perceive speech sounds from their native language as members of distinct and stable categories; however, they fail to perceive differences between many non-native speech sounds witho...

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  • Educational Accommodations for Students With Behavioral Challenges: A Systematic Review of the Literature
    Posted on 29 Oct 2013 at 8:48 am
    by Harrison, J. R., Bunford, N., Evans, S. W., Owens, J. S.

    Educational policies mandate the consideration of accommodations so that students with disabilities become proficient in the objectives outlined by state academic content standards and demonstrate ...

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  • Relating a Reading Comprehension Test to the CEFR Levels: A Case of Standard Setting in Practice with Focus on Judges and Items
    Posted on 28 Oct 2013 at 8:40 am

    The article addresses some problems and options in setting standards on language tests and examinations. More specifically, it reports on a set of three workshops conducted in the European context...

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  • A Corpus-Based Assessment of French CEFR Lexical Content
    Posted on 28 Oct 2013 at 8:40 am

    The French CEFR vocabulary profiles as presented in the Référentiels ? while a valuable resource for a wide range of applications focused on lexical content ? result from introspection, intuition-...

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  • Adapting the CEFR for the Classroom Assessment of Young Learners? Writing
    Posted on 28 Oct 2013 at 8:40 am

    This article concerns the contribution that feedback makes to valid classroom assessment of the writing of young learners (YLs), defined here as approximately 9?13 years old. It shows that a scale...

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  • (Re) conceptualiser l?enseignement d?une langue seconde à l?aide d?outils d?évaluations:comment les enseignants canadiens perçoivent le CECR
    Posted on 28 Oct 2013 at 8:40 am

    The growth of interest in the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) in Canada has moved from academic discussions and feasibility studies to the publication of institutional documents info...

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  • Book review: Language Testing: Theories and Practices
    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 2:53 am
    by Luoma, S.

  • Book review: Testing the Untestable in Language Education
    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 2:53 am
    by Curtis, A.

  • An argument against using standardized test scores for placement of international undergraduate students in English as a Second Language (ESL) courses
    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 2:53 am
    by Kokhan, K.

    Development and administration of institutional ESL placement tests require a great deal of financial and human resources. Due to a steady increase in the number of international students studying ...

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  • An application of Multifaceted Rasch measurement in the Yes/No Angoff standard setting procedure
    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 2:53 am
    by Hsieh, M.

    When implementing standard setting procedures, there are two major concerns: variance between panelists and efficiency in conducting multiple rounds of judgments. With regard to the former, there i...

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  • Re-examining the content validation of a grammar test: The (im)possibility of distinguishing vocabulary and structural knowledge
    Posted on 25 Sep 2013 at 2:53 am
    by Alderson, J. C., Kremmel, B.

    "Vocabulary and structural knowledge" (Grabe, 1991, p. 379) appears to be a key component of reading ability. However, is this component to be taken as a unitary one or is structural knowledge a se...

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  • Literacy components model for at-risk young adults enrolled in career and technical education
    Posted on 15 Aug 2013 at 8:04 am
    by Daryl F. Mellard, Kari L. Woods, Linette McJunkin
    Little is known about literacy skills of an important adult population: educationally and economically disadvantaged young adults. This exploratory study used principal components analysis of 33 me... (show all)

  • Motivation and Test Anxiety in Test Performance Across Three Testing Contexts: The CAEL, CET, and GEPT
    Posted on 30 May 2013 at 5:39 am
    by Liying Cheng, Don Klinger, Janna Fox, Christine Doe, Yan Jin, Jessica Wu
    This study examined test-takers' motivation, test anxiety, and test performance across a range of social and educational contexts in three high-stakes language tests: the Canadian Academic English ... (show all)

  • Book Review: Designing and Analyzing Language Tests
    Posted on 11 Mar 2013 at 6:39 am
    by Adithepsathit, U.

  • Why Not Non-native Varieties of English as Listening Comprehension Test Input?
    Posted on 11 Mar 2013 at 6:39 am
    by Abeywickrama, P.

    The existence of different varieties of English in target language use (TLU) domains calls into question the usefulness of listening comprehension tests whose input is limited only to a native spea...

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  • Curriculum Approaches in Language Teaching: Forward, Central, and Backward Design
    Posted on 11 Mar 2013 at 6:39 am
    by Richards, J. C.

    The development and implementation of language teaching programs can be approached in several different ways, each of which has different implications for curriculum design. Three curriculum approa...

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  • Volume 33
    Posted on 28 Feb 2013 at 5:00 pm
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 33


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

  • 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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