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Title: The Co-construction of Conversation in Group Oral Tests
Written By: Fumiyo Nakatsuhara
Series Title: Language Testing and Evaluation

International language tests increasingly use group oral formats in both high- and low-stakes contexts. But how do test-takers with different characteristics interact in such formats? This book explores how test-takers with different extraversion and proficiency levels co-construct spoken interaction in groups. The impact of the two test-taker characteristics was examined across three task types and with two group sizes. Examination of group performances using both statistical and Conversation Analysis tools offered insights into how group conversation is co-constructed. By enhancing our understanding of the group oral test construct, the findings have useful implications for international language test development and enable appropriate choices regarding task type and group size.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Discourse Analysis
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9783631601099
Pages: 289
Prices: U.S. $ 64.95
U.K. £ 39.60
Europe EURO 49.50