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LINGUIST List 19.2225

Sun Jul 13 2008

Qs: Construct Definition for Language Tests

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        1.    Tobias Haug, Construct Definition for Language Tests

Message 1: Construct Definition for Language Tests
Date: 11-Jul-2008
From: Tobias Haug <tobias.haugsignlang-assessment.info>
Subject: Construct Definition for Language Tests
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Dear all,

I am contacting the list members with an inquiry on language testing. Those of
you who are involved in the process of language test development and/or
adaptation (both theory and practice) know that one important step in language
test construction is how the researcher defines (in correspondence with the
purpose of the test) the test construct, e.g., “language proficiency”,
“communicative competence” (e.g., Haynes; Canale & Swain; Bachman) or
“language comprehension”?

My test targets language comprehension in deaf children 4-8 years old. I am
acquainted with the most common theories on language acquisition, but for
those of you on the list who work in language test development, I was
on which theories you personally base your construct definition?

Any suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Many thanks in advance.

Greeting from sunny Zurich, Switzerland.

Tobias Haug

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                            Language Acquisition

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