Brings together in one volume a comprehensive account and critical analysis of testing second language speaking.
The testing and assessment of second language learners is an essential part of the language learning process. Glenn Fulcher's Testing Second Language Speaking is a state-of-the-art volume that considers the assessment of speaking from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives. The book offers the first systematic, comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the testing of second language speaking. Written in a clear and accessible manner, it covers: Explanations of the process of test design Costing test design projects How to put the test into practice Evaluation of speaking tests Task types for testing speaking Testing learners with disabilities It also contains a wealth of examples, including task types that are commonly used in speaking tests, approaches to researching speaking tests and specific methodologies that teachers, students and test developers may use in their own projects. Successfully integrating practice and theory, this book demystifies the process of testing speaking and provides a thorough treatment of the key ethical and technical issues in speaking evaluation.
Table of Contents
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1 The history of testing second language 1 (17)
2 Defining the construct 18 (32)
3 Tasks for second language speaking tests 50 (38)
4 Rating scales 88 (28)
5 Test specifications 116(22)
6 Raters, training and administration 138(33)
7 Evaluating second language speaking tests 171(28)
8 Researching second language speaking tests 199(27)