LINGUIST List 25.16

Tue Jan 07 2014

FYI: New Book Series: Testing a Nation

Editor for this issue: Uliana Kazagasheva <>

Date: 03-Jan-2014
From: Laurel Plapp <>
Subject: New Book Series: Testing a Nation
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Peter Lang Oxford is pleased to announce the publication of the first book in the New Approaches to Applied Linguistics series:

Testing a Nation
The Social and Educational Impact of the College English Test in China

By Mark Garner and Dayong Huang

Oxford, 2014. 235 pp. £45.00
ISBN 978-3-0343-1704-7 pb.
ISBN 978-3-0353-0542-5 (e-Book)

Many countries have national policies in relation to English language teaching that are monitored through standardized tests, and students’ performance in these tests may have a significant impact on their career prospects. When such high stakes become attached to a language test, it begins to play a far greater role than originally intended.

A preeminent example is the College English Test (CET), taken biannually by upwards of ten million students in China, which makes it the world’s largest national English test. Its impact is evident in many areas of Chinese society. Specified grades on the CET are requirements for graduation from universities, many job applications and even some residence permits. Consolidated CET results are widely used for rating teachers for promotion and for competitively grading institutions, hence influencing strategic planning by universities, government departments and companies, particularly those engaged in publishing or bookselling. The CET has, furthermore, given rise to a highly organized cheating ‘industry’, which is the subject of frequent governmental disclaimers and warnings.

This book reports on an extensive study of the impact of the CET in China, both on the lives of students and teachers and on educational and governmental institutions. The authors also draw theoretical and practical implications from their study for educational planners in other countries.

Mark Garner is Director of the Centre for Language Assessment Research at the University of Roehampton, UK.
Dayong Huang is Vice Dean of the School of Foreign Languages at Civil Aviation Flight University of China.

Available for purchase from

International Academic Publishers
Moosstrasse 1
P.O. Box 350
CH-2542 Pieterlen

Tel +41 (0)32 376 17 17
Fax +41 (0)32 376 17 27


We welcome proposals for monographs and edited volumes. For more information, please contact Dr Laurel Plapp, Commissioning Editor, Peter Lang Ltd, 52 St Giles, Oxford OX1 3LU, UK. Email: Tel: +44(0)1865 514160.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

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