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Title: Interaction in Paired Oral Proficiency Assessment in Spanish
Subtitle: Rater and Candidate Input into Evidence Based Scale Development and Construct Definition
Written By: Ana Maria Ducasse
Series Title: Language Testing and Evaluation
Description:

Defining the construct of interaction for paired assessment purposes has
been difficult, despite the evolution of our view of language to include
the social perspective of co-construction, and the fact that such discourse
is increasingly taught and assessed. In this volume three sequenced studies
define interaction in paired oral assessment through the verbal protocols
of learners of Spanish and their assessors. Assessors then scale
performances from videoed test performance data resulting in the
development of an evidence based rating process which includes non-verbal
interpersonal communication, interactive listening and interactional
management.

Contents: Issues relevant to assessing communicative interaction in pairs -
Interlocutor effects in testing speaking - Developing rating scales - Rater
orientation to peer interaction in speaking tests - Candidate orientation
to peer interaction - Developing a data based rating procedure from
observed peer interaction

Ana Maria Ducasse holds a PhD in Applied Linguistics, lectures and is head
of program in Spanish at La Trobe University in Australia. Prior to this
she taught and managed ESL programs. Teaching first Italian, then ESL, and
now Spanish kindled an interest in second language acquisition, in
particular spoken language. Experience as an IELTS assessor developed a
parallel interest in language testing which has become a major research focus.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Spanish
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631613344
Pages: 198
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