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Title: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency
Subtitle: The Interface between Learning and Assessment
Written By: J. Charles Alderson
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This book addresses the need for tests that can diagnose the strengths and
weaknesses in learners' developing foreign language proficiency. It
presents the rationale for, and research surrounding, the development of
DIALANG, a suite of internet-delivered diagnostic foreign language tests
funded by the European Commission. The word 'diagnosis' is common in
discussions in language education and applied linguistics, but very few
truly diagnostic tests exist. However, the diagnosis of foreign language
proficiency is central to helping learners make progress.

This volume explores the nature of diagnostic testing, emphasizing the need
for a better understanding of the nature of appropriate diagnosis. The book
starts with a debate about how diagnostic testing might most appropriately
be developed. Charles Alderson argues that the field has neglected to
construct diagnostic tests, partly because other forms of testing have
dominated the field. Alderson examines how proficiency has been diagnosed
in the key areas of language: reading, listening, writing, grammar and
vocabulary. The value of self-assessment is discussed and exemplified as a
key component in developing learners', and teachers', awareness of the
complexity of language learning. The book ends with a consideration of and
recommendations for future developments in the diagnosis of foreign
language proficiency.

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing (formerly The Continuum International Publishing Group)
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Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
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Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0826493882
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 296
Prices: U.K. £ 25.00