"Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: Interface betw. Lang. & Assessment"
- FYI. I wonder if similar methods could be used to evaluate
multilingual proficiency where a "foreign language" is not involved.
(Reading and writing skills being among those measured, this has
implications for understanding multilingual literacy.) (Fwd from the
Linguist list)... DZO
From: Jennifer Lovel <jlovel@...>
Subject: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency: Alderson
Title: Diagnosing Foreign Language Proficiency
Subtitle: The Interface between Language and Assessment
Publisher: Continuum International Publishing Group Ltd
Author: J Charles Alderson, Lancaster University
Hardback: ISBN: 0826485030 Pages: 296 Price: U.S. $ 145
This book addresses the need for tests that can diagnose the strengths
and weaknesses in learners' developing foreign language proficiency.
Itpresents 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 abetter 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.
J. Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language
Education, Lancaster University. He is a former editor of the journal
of Language Testing
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Written In: English (ENG )
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