Interaction in a Paired Speaking Test: The Rater's Perspective (Language Testing and Evaluation #24) (Hardcover)

Interaction in a Paired Speaking Test: The Rater's Perspective (Language Testing and Evaluation #24) By Rüdiger Grotjahn (Editor), Lynette Anne May Cover Image
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This is book number 24 in the Language Testing and Evaluation series.

Description


Paired speaking tests are increasingly used in both low- and high-stakes second language assessment contexts. Until recently, very little was known about the way in which raters interpret and apply descriptors relating to interactional competence to a performance that is co-constructed. This book presents a study which explores the interactional features of a paired speaking test that were salient to raters and the extent to which raters viewed the performances as separable. The study shows that raters use their own frames of reference to interpret descriptors and that they viewed certain features of the performance as mutual accomplishments. The book takes us 'beyond scores', and in doing so, contributes to the growing body of research on paired speaking tests.

About the Author


Lyn May is a lecturer in TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the School of Cultural and Language Studies in Education at Queensland University of Technology. Her research interests focus on second language assessment and pedagogy, interactional competence, and the oracy demands of tertiary study.


Product Details
ISBN: 9783631617236
ISBN-10: 3631617232
Publisher: Peter Lang Gmbh, Internationaler Verlag Der W
Publication Date: June 17th, 2011
Pages: 222
Language: English
Series: Language Testing and Evaluation