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Title: Diagnostic Oral Skills Assessment
Subtitle: Developing Flexible Guidelines for Formative Speaking Tests in EFL Classrooms Worldwide
Description:

Communicative language teaching is based on the notion that involving
learners in interactive tasks where meaningful dialogue and functional
language is transferred will promote learning. Curriculum development,
which includes assessment, must integrate information, skills, objectives
and training to meet the challenges facing the students now and in the
future. Many teachers feel ill equipped to assess spoken language though
they acknowledge the importance of assessing their students' communicative
competence. This book describes comprehensive research undertaken to
identify critical components of formative speaking tests, investigates
whether diagnostic oral skills tests are available, and leads to the
development of a framework for designing formative oral speaking tests
which reflect previous teaching / learning in the classroom. Altogether 246
teachers, trainers, and language testing experts, and 110 students
participated in the study.

Contents:

Critical Components of Effective Instruments of Diagnostic Oral Skills
Assessment: content validity, authentic language tasks, summative versus
formative evaluation, norm- versus criterion-referencing - Current Methods
of Oral Skills Assessment: criteria, method, validity, reliability,
frequency - Availability of Diagnostic Testing Material - Implementation
and Evaluation of Guidelines.

Jo Ann Salvisberg currently lectures at the University of Applied Sciences
and Arts, School of Business, Luzern, Switzerland, and works as a freelance
trainer. She has been involved in TESOL since 1990, primarily teaching
adult learners, and began doing teacher training in 2001. In addition to
the CTEFLA (Certificate for Teaching English as a Foreign Language to
Adults), she completed her studies with an M.Ed. in ELT in 2001, and a PhD
in TEFL and Social Psychology in Education in 2007 with a primary research
focus on communicative skills assessment in the EFL classroom.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Language Acquisition
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Versions:
Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783034304702
Pages: 227
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U.S.$ 62.95
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