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Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency : The Interface Between Assessment and Learning - J. Charles Alderson

Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency

The Interface Between Assessment and Learning

Hardcover Published: 22nd August 2005
ISBN: 9780826485038
Number Of Pages: 284

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This book addresses the need for tests that can diagnose the strengths and weaknesses in learners' developing foreign language proficiency. It presents the rationale for, and research surrounding, the development of DIALANG, a suite of internet-delivered diagnostic foreign language tests funded by the European Commission. The word 'diagnosis' is common in discussions in language education and applied linguistics, but very few truly diagnostic tests exist. However, the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency is central to helping learners make progress. This volume explores the nature of diagnostic testing, emphasizing the need for a better understanding of the nature of appropriate diagnosis. The book starts with a debate about how diagnostic testing might most appropriately be developed. Charles Alderson argues that the field has neglected to construct diagnostic tests, partly because other forms of testing have dominated the field. Alderson examines how proficiency has been diagnosed in the key areas of language: reading, listening, writing, grammar and vocabulary. The value of self-assessment is discussed and exemplified as a key component in developing learners', and teachers', awareness of the complexity of language learning. The book ends with a consideration of and recommendations for future developments in the diagnosis of foreign language proficiency.

Introduction.
Diagnosing foreign language proficiency: a testing/ teaching interface
Diagnosis in other fields
The Dialang System
Setting standards
The value of a Vocabulary Size Placement Test
The role of self-assessment
Diagnosing Reading
Diagnosing Listening
Diagnosing Writing
Diagnosing Grammar
Diagnosing Vocabulary
The value of feedback and advice
The future: Experimental Items
The use of self assessment in benchmarking
Future research and development
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ISBN: 9780826485038
ISBN-10: 0826485030
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 284
Published: 22nd August 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 16.1  x 2.69
Weight (kg): 0.64
Edition Number: 1