LINGUIST List 31.3230

Thu Oct 22 2020

Books: The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing: Mirhosseini, De Costa (eds.)

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Date: 08-Oct-2020
From: Lianna Iwanikiw <>
Subject: The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing: Mirhosseini, De Costa (eds.)
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Title: The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing
Published: 2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)

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Editor: Seyyed-Abdolhamid Mirhosseini
Editor: Peter De Costa
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350071360 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: ePUB
Electronic: ISBN: 9781350071353 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 85.50 Comment: PDF
Hardback: ISBN: 9781350071346 Pages: 280 Price: U.K. £ 95.00

Highlighting marginalized but significant perspectives about the sociopolitical essence of English language tests and testing processes worldwide, this book explores the social considerations of testing theories and practices from a critical perspective. Investigating concerns surrounding power inequalities, "The Sociopolitics of English Language Testing" takes a socially-situated view of language assessment, bringing sociopolitical understandings of language teaching, learning, and assessment to the forefront in the field.

Within the broader discussion of the politics of test use, an international team of language and education experts address the issues of ideology, diversity, power, and dominance in English language testing. Through socially-sensitive theoretical as well as empirical discussion and investigation of English language testing, this book offers valuable insights, not only to applied linguists and the language education community who have focused on positivistic and cognitively-oriented conceptions of language testing, but to anyone who wishes to venture beyond the traditional bounds of the field.

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)

Written In: English (eng)

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