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LINGUIST List 25.1727

Mon Apr 14 2014

Books: Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language: Meyer

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

Date: 10-Mar-2014
From: Simon Reber <S.Reberpeterlang.com>
Subject: Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language: Meyer
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Title: Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language
Subtitle: An Argument-Based Approach for Validating the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)
Series Title: Language Testing and Evaluation - Band 32
Published: 2014
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
                http://www.peterlang.com

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?264891

Author: Florian Kagan Meyer
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631648919 Pages: 349 Price: U.S. $ 78.95
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631648919 Pages: 349 Price: U.K. £ 49.00
Hardback: ISBN: 9783631648919 Pages: 349 Price: Europe EURO 60.70
Abstract:

How did the (old) Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers of Chinese? What inferences can be derived from HSK test taker scores, especially from Western test takers? How difficult is it to learn Chinese according to the HSK? Thirty years of research have been synthesized into an argument-based approach for validating the most widespread test for Chinese as a foreign language. In addition, the author has analyzed the scores of a sample of over 250 German test takers in order to investigate how many hours German natives needed on average to study for reaching a specific HSK level. This work also extensively discusses validation theory for psychological testing, and it demonstrates how to put an argument-based approach to validation into practice.



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): Chinese, Mandarin (cmn)

Written In: English (eng)

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