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Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: The Interface Between Assessment and Learning

Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: The Interface Between Assessment and Learning (Hardback)

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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.

EducationTeaching SkillsLanguage teachingLanguages with Grant & Cutler Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC Publication Date: 22/08/2005 ISBN-13: 9780826485038  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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J. Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language Education, Lancaster University. He is the former editor of Language Testing.

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