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LINGUIST List 24.5153

Fri Dec 13 2013

Books: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests: Inoue

Editor for this issue: Justin Petro <justinlinguistlist.org>

Date: 13-Dec-2013
From: Laura Bally <publicitypeterlang.com>
Subject: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests: Inoue
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Title: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests
Subtitle: Investigating the Difficulty of Two Spoken Narrative Tasks
Series Title: Linguistic Insights
Published: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?431417

Author: Chihiro Inoue
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: U.S. $ 81.95
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN: 9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: Europe EURO 63.00
Abstract:

This book addresses the issue of task equivalence, which is of fundamental importance in the areas of language testing and task-based research, where task equivalence is a prerequisite. The main study examines the two ‘seemingly-equivalent’ picture-based spoken narrative tasks, using a multi-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies with MFRM analysis of the ratings, the analysis of linguistic performances by Japanese candidates and native speakers of English (NS), expert judgements of the task characteristics, and perceptions of the candidates and NS. The results reveal a complex picture with a number of variables involved in ensuring task equivalence, raising relevant issues regarding the theories of task complexity and the commonly-used linguistic variables for examining learner spoken language. This book has important implications for the possible measures that can be taken to avoid selecting non-equivalent tasks for research and teaching.



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                            Japanese (jpn)

Written In: English (eng)

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