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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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  • Learner Identity, Learner Agency, and the Assessment of Language Proficiency: Some Reflections Prompted by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages
    Research Articles
    David Little, Gudrun Erickson,
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 35, pp 120-139

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  • Invited colloquium on negotiating the complexities of multilingual assessment, AAAL Conference 2014
    Meeting Report
    Kate Menken, Elana Shohamy,
    Language Teaching, Volume 48 Issue 03, pp 421-425

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  • Friend or foe? Google Translate in language for academic purposes
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 11:00 pm
    Publication date: January 2015
    Source:English for Specific Purposes, Volume 37
    Author(s): Michael Groves, Klaus Mundt
    A recent development in digital technology, machine translation (MT), i... (show all)

  • A corpus-based environmental academic word list building and its validity test
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 11:00 pm
    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)

  • ?We'd be prepared to do something, like if you say?? hypothetical reported speech in business negotiations
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 11:00 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 negotia... (show all)

  • A case of technology-enhanced formative assessment and achievement in primary grammar: How is quality assurance of formative assessment assured?
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Mary K. Sheard, Bette Chambers
    This article investigates how using an online resource with lea... (show all)

  • Towards valid score reports in the Computer Program LOVS: A redesign study
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Fabienne M. Van der Kleij, Theo J.H.M. Eggen, Ronald J.H. Engelen
    Supporting users in interp... (show all)

  • Assuring the quality of standards-oriented classroom assessment with rubrics for complex competencies
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Robbert Smit, Thomas Birri
    Rubrics are assessment tools that help students gain complex compet... (show all)

  • Teachers? knowledge about psychology: Development and validation of a test measuring theoretical foundations for teaching and its relation to instructional behavior
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: March 2015
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 44
    Author(s): Hendrik Lohse-Bossenz, Olga Kunina-Habenicht, Theresa Dicke, Detlev Leutner, Mareike Kunter... (show all)

  • The electronic portfolio as a tool to develop and assess pre-service student teaching competences: Challenges for quality
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Katrien Struyven, Yves Blieck, Véronique De Roeck
    Many teacher education institutions aim to... (show all)

  • A multi-criteria approach for the group assessment of an academic course: A case study
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: March 2015
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 44
    Author(s): Antonella Certa, Mario Enea, Fabrizio Hopps
    The present paper aims at proposing a structured me... (show all)

  • Can student-generated test materials support learning?
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Ricky Lam
    This paper aims to investigate students? perspectives on the interplay between the for... (show all)

  • A study of the alignment of learning targets and assessment to generic skills in the new senior secondary mathematics curriculum in Hong Kong
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Ka-Cheong Leung, Frederick K.S. Leung, Haode Zuo
    Education reform is now a worldwide phenome... (show all)

  • Teaching skills of student teachers: Calibration of an evaluation instrument and its value in predicting student academic engagement
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Wim van de Grift, Michelle Helms-Lorenz, Ridwan Maulana
    Student teachers are expected to dev... (show all)

  • SCIIENCE: The creation and pilot implementation of an NGSS-based instrument to evaluate early childhood science teaching
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    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)

  • Characteristics of effective exams?Development and validation of an instrument for evaluating written exams
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Benjamin Froncek, Gerrit Hirschfeld, Meinald T. Thielsch
    Students? feedback is common in tea... (show all)

  • Knowing the intentions, meaning and context of classroom assessment: A case study of Singaporean teacher's conception and practice
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Wei Shin Leong
    With the articulation of new ?Holistic and Balanced Assessment? initiatives in Si... (show all)

  • Fairness as a multifaceted quality in classroom assessment
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Robin D. Tierney
    Fairness is an essential and enduring ideal in education, but it has not been c... (show all)

  • The potential formative benefits of portfolio assessment in second and foreign language writing contexts: A review of the literature
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 10:16 pm
    Publication date: December 2014
    Source:Studies in Educational Evaluation, Volume 43
    Author(s): Tony Burner
    This article identifies the potential formative benefits of using portfolio assessme... (show all)

  • Assessing academic writing on a pre-sessional EAP course: Designing assessment which supports learning
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Martin Seviour
    Pre-sessional EAP courses in the UK fulfil a difficult dual role. Not only are... (show all)

  • Addressing the problem of outside assistance in pre-sessional writing assessments
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Carolyn Westbrook, Peter Holt
    Reading-into-writing assessments on pre-sessional language pr... (show all)

  • Assessing the quality of arguments in students' persuasive writing: A case study analyzing the relationship between surface structure and substance
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: March 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 17
    Author(s): Paul Stapleton, Yanming (Amy) Wu
    In the present case study, 125 high school students in Ho... (show all)

  • The effectiveness of focused instruction of formulaic sequences in augmenting L2 learners' academic writing skills: A quantitative research study
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: March 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 17
    Author(s): Lina AlHassan, David Wood
    To date, experts in the field of second language acquisition (SL... (show all)

  • Voices from stakeholders: What makes an academic English test ?international??
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Lin Gu, Youngsoon So
    Recent years have witnessed a growing number of speakers of all variet... (show all)

  • Opposing tensions of local and international standards for EAP writing programmes: Who are we assessing for?
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Emma Bruce, Liz Hamp-Lyons
    In response to recent curriculum changes in secondary schools in... (show all)

  • Genres in the forefront, languages in the background: The scope of genre analysis in language-related scenarios
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: Available online 29 May 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes
    Author(s): Carmen Pérez-Llantada
    Drawing on bibliometric methods (citation analysis and content ... (show all)

  • Using feedback comments to develop a rating scale for a written coursework assessment
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Ricky Jeffrey
    This article introduces the use of tutor-to-student summative feedback comments... (show all)

  • The relationship between academic vocabulary coverage and scores on a standardized English proficiency test
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: Available online 9 June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes
    Author(s): T. Sima Paribakht, Stuart Webb
    This study examined the occurrence of items from the... (show all)

  • Linguistic dimensions of impromptu test essays compared with successful student disciplinary writing: Effects of language background, topic, and L2 proficiency
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Sara Cushing Weigle, Eric Friginal
    One important validity question with regard to writing a... (show all)

  • Genre performances: John Swales' Genre Analysis and rhetorical-linguistic genre studies
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: Available online 25 June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes
    Author(s): Amy J. Devitt
    Although scholars have studied some sources of variation within genres... (show all)

  • One teacher's take on using a ?test? for diagnostic purposes in the classroom
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:55 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Journal of English for Academic Purposes, Volume 18
    Author(s): Christine Doe
    More and more large-scale assessments are said to have diagnostic or formative ... (show all)

  • Recognition of high frequency words from speech as a predictor of L2 listening comprehension
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: August 2015
    Source:System, Volume 52
    Author(s): Joshua Matthews, Junyu Cheng
    This paper investigates the relationship between recognition of high frequency words from spee... (show all)

  • The linguistic impact of a CLIL Science programme: An analysis measuring relative gains
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: Available online 2 July 2015
    Source:System
    Author(s): Carmen Pérez Vidal, Helena Roquet
    The present study seeks to contribute new evidence regarding the linguistic progres... (show all)

  • Out-of-school digital gameplay and in-school L2 English vocabulary outcomes
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: July 2015
    Source:System, Volume 51
    Author(s): Pia Sundqvist, Peter Wikström
    The aim of the present study is to examine the relation between out-of-school digital gameplay ... (show all)

  • Out-of-class language contact and vocabulary gain in a study abroad context
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: October 2015
    Source:System, Volume 53
    Author(s): Jessica G. Briggs
    This article reports a study of the relationships between out-of-class language contact and vocabulary gai... (show all)

  • ?I Heard It Wasn?t Really a Myth?: Enacting and contesting expertise in an Arizona science classroom
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 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)

  • Evaluative stance in high achieving Year 3 persuasive texts
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: June 2015
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 30
    Author(s): Damon P. Thomas, Angela A. Thomas, David T. Moltow
    This paper seeks to explicate the broad range of eval... (show all)

  • Stories of assessment: Spanish?English bilingual children's agency and interactional competence in oral language assessments
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: April 2015
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 29
    Author(s): Meghan Corella Morales, Jin Sook Lee
    Prompted by a concern that the cognitivist orientation and monolingu... (show all)

  • Latino(a) and Burmese elementary school students reading scientific informational texts: The interrelationship of the language of the texts, students? talk, and conceptual change theory
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: April 2015
    Source:Linguistics and Education, Volume 29
    Author(s): Keri-Anne Croce
    This article is the result of an investigation examining 17 multilingual students transacti... (show all)

  • Conceptualizing politeness in Greek: Evidence from Twitter corpora
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 9:24 pm
    Publication date: Available online 26 June 2015
    Source:Journal of Pragmatics
    Author(s): Maria Sifianou
    One of the tenets of the discursive (or postmodern) turn in politeness research is the i... (show all)

  • Confirmatory Factor Structure of the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children-Second Edition With Preschool Children: Too Young for Differentiation?
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Potvin, D. C. H., Keith, T. Z., Caemmerer, J. M., Trundt, K. M.

    With an age range from 3 to 13 years, the Kaufman Assessment Battery for Children–Second Edition (KABC-II) offers an appealing option for the assessment of cognitive abilities for children. Althoug...

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  • Internet Administration of the Paper-and-Pencil Gifted Rating Scale: Assessing Psychometric Equivalence
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Yarnell, J. B., Pfeiffer, S. I.

    The present study examined the psychometric equivalence of administering a computer-based version of the Gifted Rating Scale (GRS) compared with the traditional paper-and-pencil GRS-School Form (GR...

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  • Reliability and Validity of Advanced Phonics Measures
    Posted on 2 Aug 2015 at 1:44 am
    by Doty, S. J., Hixson, M. D., Decker, D. M., Reynolds, J. L., Drevon, D. D.

    Two studies explored the technical adequacy of various measures of advanced phonics skills. In Study 1, the advanced phonics measures consisted of pseudowords, real words, or a combination of both....

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  • 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)

  • GREEN, ANTHONY. Exploring Language Assessment and Testing: Language in Action. New York, NY: Routledge, 2014. Pp. 272. $44.95, cloth. ISBN 978?0?41559?724?1.
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by DOUGLAS PAUL MARGOLIS

  • Acquiring Temporal Meanings Without Tense Morphology: The Case of L2 Mandarin Chinese
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by ROUMYANA SLABAKOVA
    This article reports on an experimental study addressing the second language acquisition of Mandarin temporality. Mandarin Chinese does not mark past, present, or future with dedicated morphemes; t... (show all)

  • Leveling L2 Texts Through Readability: Combining Multilevel Linguistic Features with the CEFR
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by YAO?TING SUNG, WEI?CHUN LIN, SCOTT BENJAMIN DYSON, KUO?EN CHANG, YU?CHIA CHEN
    Selecting appropriate texts for L2 (second/foreign language) learners is an important approach to enhancing motivation and, by extension, learning. There is currently no tool for classifying foreig... (show all)

  • Learning New Grammatical Structures in Task-Based Language Learning: The Effects of Recasts and Prompts
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by MARRIT GUCHTE, MARTINE BRAAKSMA, GERT RIJLAARSDAM, PETER BIMMEL
    In the present study, we examine the effects of prompts and recasts on the acquisition of two new and different grammar structures in a task-based learning environment. Sixty-four 14-year-old 9th g... (show all)

  • Meeting the Challenges of Curriculum Construction and Change: Revision and Validity Evaluation of a Placement Test
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by ANASTASIA MOZGALINA, MARIANNA RYSHINA?PANKOVA
    Achievement of advanced literacy as a goal of foreign language (FL) study within the available amount of time requires that FL departments construct a well-articulated program and optimize student ... (show all)

  • Assessment of Oral Proficiency in Online Language Courses: Beyond Reinventing the Wheel
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:29 am
    by FERNANDO RUBIO

  • Enhancing Vocabulary Learning Through Captioned Video: An Eye-Tracking Study
    Posted on 28 Jul 2015 at 9:28 am
    by MARIBEL MONTERO PEREZ, ELKE PETERS, PIET DESMET
    This study investigates the effect of two attention-enhancing techniques on L2 students' learning and processing of novel French words (i.e., target words) through video with L2 subtitles or captio... (show all)

  • The Influence of Multiple Administrations of a State Achievement Test on Passing Rates for Student Groups
    Posted on 26 Jul 2015 at 1:00 am
    by Joseph F. T. Nese, Gerald Tindal, Joseph J. Stevens, Stephen N. Elliott
    The stakes of large-scale testing programs have grown considerably in the past decade with the enactment of the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and Race To The Top (RTTT) legislations. A significant co... (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)

  • Validating an Elicited Imitation Task as a Measure of Implicit Knowledge: Comparisons With Other Validation Studies
    Posted on 15 Jul 2015 at 5:21 pm
    by Nina Spada, Julie Li-Ju Shiu, Yasuyo Tomita
    This study builds on research investigating the construct validity of elicited imitation (EI) as a measure of implicit second language (L2) grammatical knowledge. It differs from previous studies i... (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)

  • Structural Validation of the Holistic Wellness Assessment
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 5:43 am
    by Brown, C., Applegate, E. B., Yildiz, M.

    The Holistic Wellness Assessment (HWA) is a relatively new assessment instrument based on an emergent transdisciplinary model of wellness. This study validated the factor structure identified via e...

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  • Examination of the Spanish Trait Meta-Mood Scale-24 Factor Structure in a Mexican Setting
    Posted on 14 Jul 2015 at 5:43 am
    by Valdivia Vazquez, J. A., Rubio Sosa, J. C. A., French, B. F.

    The Trait Meta-Mood Scale (TMMS) is an emotional intelligence (EI) assessment originally developed for the U.S. population. This scale measures three EI factors—attention, clarity, and repair—to ev...

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  • Effects of feedback timing on second language vocabulary learning: Does delaying feedback increase learning?
    Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 5:46 am
    by Nakata, T.

    Feedback, or information given to learners regarding their performance, is found to facilitate second language (L2) learning. Research also suggests that the timing of feedback (whether it is provi...

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  • Recasts, field dependence/independence cognitive style, and L2 development
    Posted on 19 Jun 2015 at 5:46 am
    by Rassaei, E.

    While previous research has indicated that learners with field-dependence (FD) and field-independence (FI) cognitive styles benefit differentially from different instructional modes, previous corre...

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  • Future of diagnostic language assessment
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Lee, Y.-W.

  • Computerized dynamic assessment (C-DA): Diagnosing L2 development according to learner responsiveness to mediation
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Poehner, M. E., Zhang, J., Lu, X.

    Dynamic assessment (DA) derives from the sociocultural theory of mind as elaborated by Russian psychologist L. S. Vygotsky. By offering mediation when individuals experience difficulties and carefu...

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  • Diagnosing diagnostic language assessment
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Lee, Y.-W.

    Diagnostic language assessment (DLA) is gaining a lot of attention from language teachers, testers, and applied linguists. With a recent surge of interest in DLA, there seems to be an urgent need t...

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  • Validity arguments for diagnostic assessment using automated writing evaluation
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Chapelle, C. A., Cotos, E., Lee, J.

    Two examples demonstrate an argument-based approach to validation of diagnostic assessment using automated writing evaluation (AWE). Criterion ®, was developed by Educational Testin...

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  • Design in four diagnostic language assessments
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Cumming, A.

    The studies documented in the four articles in this special issue uniquely exemplify principles of design-based research as follows: by taking innovative approaches to significant problems in the c...

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  • Diagnostic assessment of reading and listening in a second or foreign language: Elaborating on diagnostic principles
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Harding, L., Alderson, J. C., Brunfaut, T.

    Alderson, Brunfaut and Harding (2014) recently investigated how diagnosis is practised across a range of professions in order to develop a tentative framework for a theory of diagnosis in second or...

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  • How do young students with different profiles of reading skill mastery, perceived ability, and goal orientation respond to holistic diagnostic feedback?
    Posted on 16 Jun 2015 at 11:32 pm
    by Jang, E. E., Dunlop, M., Park, G., van der Boom, E. H.

    One critical issue with cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA) lies in its lack of research evidence that shows how diagnostic feedback from CDA is interpreted and used by young students. This mixed...

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  • The Associations Between Language Aptitude and Second Language Grammar Acquisition: A Meta-Analytic Review of Five Decades of Research
    Posted on 13 Jun 2015 at 12:20 am
    by Li, S.

    This study reports a meta-analysis that synthesizes the empirical research on the role of language aptitude in second language grammar acquisition. A total of 33 study reports were identified inclu...

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  • The Effectiveness of Second Language Pronunciation Instruction: A Meta-Analysis
    Posted on 13 Jun 2015 at 12:20 am
    by Lee, J., Jang, J., Plonsky, L.

    The goal of this study was to determine the overall effects of pronunciation instruction (PI) as well as the sources and extent of variance in observed effects. Toward this end, a comprehensive sea...

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  • The Effectiveness of Processing Instruction and Production-based Instruction on L2 Grammar Acquisition: A Meta-Analysis
    Posted on 13 Jun 2015 at 12:20 am
    by Shintani, N.

    This article reports a meta-analysis of 42 experiments in 33 published studies involving processing instruction (PI) and production-based instruction (PB) used in the PI studies. The comparative ef...

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  • The Effectiveness of L2 Pronunciation Instruction: A Narrative Review
    Posted on 13 Jun 2015 at 12:20 am
    by Thomson, R. I., Derwing, T. M.

    Research on the efficacy of second language (L2) pronunciation instruction has produced mixed results, despite reports of significant improvement in many studies. Possible explanations for divergen...

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  • Consequential Validity of Accountability Policy: Public Understanding of Assessments
    Posted on 2 Jun 2015 at 12:20 am
    by Brewer, C., Knoeppel, R. C., Lindle, J. C.

    Educational accountability policy rests heavily on the assessments used to influence teaching, learning, and school improvement. A long-debated aspect of assessment use, consequential validity, pla...

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  • Item Response Theory Models for Carry-Over Effect Across Different Scales
    Posted on 1 Jun 2015 at 11:32 am
    by Jin, K.-Y., Wang, W.-C.

    It is common in educational and psychological tests or social surveys that the same statement is judged on multiple scales. These multiple responses are linked by the same statement, which may caus...

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  • Comparing the Two- and Three-Parameter Logistic Models via Likelihood Ratio Tests: A Commonly Misunderstood Problem
    Posted on 1 Jun 2015 at 11:32 am
    by Brown, C., Templin, J., Cohen, A.

    Selection of an appropriate item response model is critical in the measurement of latent examinee ability. The one-, two-, and three-parameter logistic (1PL, 2PL, and 3PL) models are nested, and as...

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  • Kernel Equating Under the Non-Equivalent Groups With Covariates Design
    Posted on 1 Jun 2015 at 11:32 am
    by Wiberg, M., Branberg, K.

    When equating two tests, the traditional approach is to use common test takers and/or common items. Here, the idea is to use variables correlated with the test scores (e.g., school grades and other...

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  • A Multilevel Higher Order Item Response Theory Model for Measuring Latent Growth in Longitudinal Data
    Posted on 1 Jun 2015 at 11:32 am
    by Huang, H.-Y.

    In educational and psychological testing, individuals are often repeatedly measured to assess the changes in their abilities over time or their latent trait growth. If a test consists of several su...

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  • Utilizing Response Times in Computerized Classification Testing
    Posted on 1 Jun 2015 at 11:32 am
    by Sie, H., Finkelman, M. D., Riley, B., Smits, N.

    A well-known approach in computerized mastery testing is to combine the Sequential Probability Ratio Test (SPRT) stopping rule with item selection to maximize Fisher information at the mastery thre...

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  • All Together Now: Measuring Staff Cohesion in Special Education Classrooms
    Posted on 27 May 2015 at 6:00 am
    by Kratz, H. E., Locke, J., Piotrowski, Z., Ouellette, R. R., Xie, M., Stahmer, A. C., Mandell, D. S.

    This study sought to validate a new measure, the Classroom Cohesion Survey (CCS), designed to examine the relationship between teachers and classroom assistants in autism support classrooms. Teache...

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  • Can Retrieval Opportunities Increase Vocabulary Learning During Reading?
    Posted on 21 May 2015 at 4:41 am
    by Joe Barcroft
    Because reading for meaning only can lead to low rates of second language (L2) vocabulary learning and because previous research has demonstrated the benefits of word retrieval opportunities for in... (show all)

  • Performance Screens for School Improvement: The Case of Teacher Tenure Reform in New York City
    Posted on 12 May 2015 at 6:00 pm
    by Loeb, S., Miller, L. C., Wyckoff, J.

    Tenure is intended to protect teachers with demonstrated teaching skills against arbitrary or capricious dismissal. Critics of typical tenure processes argue that tenure assessments are superficial...

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  • Initial Development and Factor Structure of the Educator Test Stress Inventory
    Posted on 7 May 2015 at 10:19 am
    by von der Embse, N. P., Kilgus, S. P., Solomon, H. J., Bowler, M., Curtiss, C.

    With the proliferation of test-based accountability policies, educators and students alike are under pressure to improve test performance. However, little is known regarding the stress experienced ...

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  • Middle School Foreign Language Instruction: A Missed Opportunity?
    Posted on 7 May 2015 at 7:59 am
    by Scott Kissau, Mary Jo Adams, Bob Algozzine
    Multiple studies conducted over the past decade have suggested the motivational and proficiency-related benefits of commencing language instruction at an early age. Limitations in many of these stu... (show all)

  • Reliability-Based Feature Weighting for Automated Essay Scoring
    Posted on 6 May 2015 at 10:03 am
    by Attali, Y.

    From their earliest origins, automated essay scoring systems strived to emulate human essay scores and viewed them as their ultimate validity criterion. Consequently, the importance (or weight) and...

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  • Methods for Evaluating Composite Reliability, Classification Consistency, and Classification Accuracy for Mixed-Format Licensure Tests
    Posted on 6 May 2015 at 10:03 am
    by Moses, T., Kim, S.

    The purpose of this study was to propose extensions of reliability estimation methods that could be used to determine the conditions under which single scoring for constructed-response (CR) items i...

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  • Stochastic Curtailment in Adaptive Mastery Testing: Improving the Efficiency of Confidence Interval-Based Stopping Rules
    Posted on 6 May 2015 at 10:03 am
    by Sie, H., Finkelman, M. D., Bartroff, J., Thompson, N. A.

    A well-known stopping rule in adaptive mastery testing is to terminate the assessment once the examinee’s ability confidence interval lies entirely above or below the cut-off score. This article pr...

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  • An Investigation of the Impact of Guessing on Coefficient {alpha} and Reliability
    Posted on 6 May 2015 at 10:03 am
    by Paek, I.

    Guessing is known to influence the test reliability of multiple-choice tests. Although there are many studies that have examined the impact of guessing, they used rather restrictive assumptions (e....

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  • Feedback About Self-Regulation: Does It Remain an ?Unfinished Business? in Portfolio Assessment of Writing?
    Posted on 26 Apr 2015 at 3:03 am
    by Ricky Lam

  • 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)

  • The effect of instruction on pragmatic routines in academic discussion
    Posted on 21 Apr 2015 at 5:33 am
    by Bardovi-Harlig, K., Mossman, S., Vellenga, H. E.

    This study investigates the effect of instruction on the acquisition of pragmatic routines used in academic discussion, specifically expressions of agreement, disagreement, and clarification. Thirt...

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  • Phonetics instruction improves learners' perception of L2 sounds
    Posted on 21 Apr 2015 at 5:33 am
    by Kissling, E. M.

    Explicit phonetics instruction can help second language (L2) learners to moderately improve their pronunciation, but less is known about how the instruction affects learners’ perception, even thoug...

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  • A Review of SimuMCAT: A Simulation Software for Multidimensional Computerized Adaptive Testing
    Posted on 8 Apr 2015 at 4:17 am
    by Sie, H.

    This article reviews the software package SimuMCAT that simulates unidimensional and multidimensional computerized adaptive testing with various types of items (dichotomous/polytomous) and loading ...

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  • Book Review: Computerized Multistage Testing: Theory and Applications
    Posted on 8 Apr 2015 at 4:17 am
    by Curi, M.

  • New Item Selection Methods for Cognitive Diagnosis Computerized Adaptive Testing
    Posted on 8 Apr 2015 at 4:17 am
    by Kaplan, M., de la Torre, J., Barrada, J. R.

    This article introduces two new item selection methods, the modified posterior-weighted Kullback–Leibler index (MPWKL) and the generalized deterministic inputs, noisy "and" gate (G-DINA) model disc...

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  • 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)

  • Language assessment training in Hong Kong: Implications for language assessment literacy
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Lam, R.

    Despite the call for using assessment to promote effective learning, most language teachers remain underprepared to conduct classroom-based formative assessment and interpret the summative assessme...

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  • Interrogating the construct of aviation English: Feedback from test takers in Korea
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Kim, H., Elder, C.

    This paper explores the underlying construct of both the English proficiency test for pilot and air traffic controller radiotelephony communication developed and administered in Korea and the ICAO ...

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  • Validity argument for assessing L2 pragmatics in interaction using mixed methods
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Youn, S. J.

    This study investigates the validity of assessing L2 pragmatics in interaction using mixed methods, focusing on the evaluation inference. Open role-plays that are meaningful and relevant to the sta...

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  • What accounts for integrated reading-to-write task scores?
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Shin, S.-Y., Ewert, D.

    Reading-to-write (RTW) tasks are becoming increasingly popular and have already been used in several high-stakes English proficiency exams, either replacing or complementing a prompt-based essay te...

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  • Exploring ways to provide diagnostic feedback with an ESL placement test: Cognitive diagnostic assessment of L2 reading ability
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Kim, A.-Y.

    Previous research in cognitive diagnostic assessment (CDA) of L2 reading ability has been frequently conducted using large-scale English proficiency exams (e.g., TOEFL, MELAB). Using CDA, it is pos...

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  • The incremental contribution of TOEIC(R) Listening, Reading, Speaking, and Writing tests to predicting performance on real-life English language tasks
    Posted on 24 Mar 2015 at 5:16 am
    by Powers, D. E., Powers, A.

    Typically, English language proficiency tests yield multiple scores – usually for each of the four traditional language domains. In order to maximize the usefulness of test scores, they may need to...

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  • Volume 35
    Posted on 28 Feb 2015 at 5:00 pm
    Annual Review of Applied Linguistics, Volume 35


    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)

  • On-the-Fly Assembled Multistage Adaptive Testing
    Posted on 9 Feb 2015 at 10:42 am
    by Zheng, Y., Chang, H.-H.

    Recently, multistage testing (MST) has been adopted by several important large-scale testing programs and become popular among practitioners and researchers. Stemming from the decades of history of...

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  • Comparing Simple Scoring With IRT Scoring of Personality Measures: The Navy Computer Adaptive Personality Scales
    Posted on 9 Feb 2015 at 10:42 am
    by Oswald, F. L., Shaw, A., Farmer, W. L.

    This article analyzes data from U.S. Navy sailors (N = 8,956), with the central measure being the Navy Computer Adaptive Personality Scales (NCAPS). Analyses and results from this article extend an...

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  • 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)

  • Language ability of young English language learners: Definition, configuration, and implications
    Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 1:01 am
    by Gu, L.

    In this study I examined the dimensionality of the latent ability underlying language use that is needed to fulfill the demands young learners face in English-medium instructional environments, whe...

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  • A comparison of video- and audio-mediated listening tests with many-facet Rasch modeling and differential distractor functioning
    Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 1:01 am
    by Batty, A. O.

    The rise in the affordability of quality video production equipment has resulted in increased interest in video-mediated tests of foreign language listening comprehension. Although research on such...

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  • Effect of genre on the generalizability of writing scores
    Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 1:01 am
    by Bouwer, R., Beguin, A., Sanders, T., van den Bergh, H.

    In the present study, aspects of the measurement of writing are disentangled in order to investigate the validity of inferences made on the basis of writing performance and to describe implications...

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  • Self-assessment of Japanese as a second language: The role of experiences in the naturalistic acquisition
    Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 1:01 am
    by Suzuki, Y.

    Self-assessment has been used to assess second language proficiency; however, as sources of measurement errors vary, they may threaten the validity and reliability of the tools. The present paper i...

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  • Coming to terms with innovative high-stakes assessment practice: Teachers' viewpoints on assessment reform
    Posted on 26 Dec 2014 at 1:01 am
    by East, M.

    Implementing assessment reform can be challenging. Proposed new assessments must be seen by stakeholders to be fit for purpose, and sometimes the perceptions of key stakeholders, such as teachers a...

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  • The impact of CLIL on affective factors and vocabulary learning
    Posted on 22 Dec 2014 at 4:50 am
    by Heras, A., Lasagabaster, D.

    The aim of this article is twofold: to assess the effectiveness of a CLIL (content and language integrated learning) module on affective factors (motivation and self-esteem), and to test the purpor...

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  • 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)

  • Examining How Teachers' Beliefs about Communicative Language Teaching Affect Their Instructional and Assessment Practices: A Qualitative Study of EFL University Instructors in Colombia
    Posted on 4 Dec 2014 at 2:57 am
    by Kim, A.-Y. A.

    Although there has been a plethora of research on how Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) has been implemented in instruction, few have examined how teacher’s beliefs about CLT affects assessment...

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  • Comparing Two Pre-listening Supports with Iranian EFL Learners: Opportunity or Obstacle
    Posted on 4 Dec 2014 at 2:57 am
    by Alavi, S. M., Janbaz, F.

    Since listening is a crucial component of language competence and fundamental for successful communication as well, its development has been gradually given much attention from language teachers an...

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  • Exploring Teacher Questioning as a Formative Assessment Strategy
    Posted on 4 Dec 2014 at 2:57 am
    by Jiang, Y.

    This study explored teacher questioning as a formative assessment strategy by examining the practices of teachers of English as a Foreign Language in Chinese tertiary institutions. It investigated ...

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  • 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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  • An examination of rater performance on a local oral English proficiency test: A mixed-methods approach
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Yan, X.

    This paper reports on a mixed-methods approach to evaluate rater performance on a local oral English proficiency test. Three types of reliability estimates were reported to examine rater performanc...

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  • Book Review: Classroom-based Language Assessment
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Hill, K.

  • Dynamic assessment of elicited imitation: A case analysis of an advanced L2 English speaker
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by van Compernolle, R. A., Zhang, H.

    The focus of this paper is on the design, administration, and scoring of a dynamically administered elicited imitation test of L2 English morphology. Drawing on Vygotskian sociocultural psychology,...

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  • Applying unidimensional and multidimensional item response theory models in testlet-based reading assessment
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Min, S., He, L.

    This study examined the relative effectiveness of the multidimensional bi-factor model and multidimensional testlet response theory (TRT) model in accommodating local dependence in testlet-based re...

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  • Strategies for testing statistical and practical significance in detecting DIF with logistic regression models
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Fidalgo, A. M., Alavi, S. M., Amirian, S. M. R.

    This study examines three controversial aspects in differential item functioning (DIF) detection by logistic regression (LR) models: first, the relative effectiveness of different analytical strate...

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  • Investigating correspondence between language proficiency standards and academic content standards: A generalizability theory study
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Lin, C.-K., Zhang, J.

    Research on the relationship between English language proficiency standards and academic content standards serves to provide information about the extent to which English language learners (ELLs) a...

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  • Diagnostic English Language Needs Assessment (DELNA)
    Posted on 13 Oct 2014 at 12:08 am
    by Doe, C.

  • Mismatch: Globalization and Native Speaker Models of Linguistic Competence
    Posted on 6 Aug 2014 at 4:29 am
    by Hodgson, K. M.

    Although the paradigm shift towards English as an International Language (EIL) has been generally accepted within the academic community, a valorization of native speaker norms continues to be prev...

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  • Learning English in the Shadows: Understanding Chinese Learners' Experiences of Private Tutoring
    Posted on 31 Jul 2014 at 12:05 am
    by Kevin Wai-Ho Yung
    Given that private tutoring has received increasing attention in research as a global educational phenomenon with significant implications for educational practices, it has become necessary for TES... (show all)

  • 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)

  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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)

  • 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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