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LINGUIST List 16.2458

Tue Aug 23 2005

Books: Applied Linguistics: Alderson

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>


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        1.    Jennifer Lovel, Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: Alderson


Message 1: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: Alderson
Date: 18-Aug-2005
From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovelcontinuumbooks.com>
Subject: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: Alderson


Title: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency
Subtitle: The Interface between Language and Assessment
Published: 2005
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
                http://www.continuumbooks.com

Author: J Charles Alderson, Lancaster University
Hardback: ISBN: 0826485030 Pages: 296 Price: U.S. $ 145
Abstract:

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.

J. Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language
Education, Lancaster University. He is a former editor of the journal of
Language Testing

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Written In: English (ENG )

See this book announcement on our website:
http://linguistlist.org/get-book.html?BookID=16075


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