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Interaction in a Paired Speaking Test

May, Lyn

Interaction in a Paired Speaking Test

The Rater's Perspective

Series: Language Testing and Evaluation - Volume 24

Year of Publication: 2011

Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2011. 219 pp., num. fig. and graphs
ISBN 978-3-631-61723-6 hb.  (Hardcover)

Weight: 0.400 kg, 0.882 lbs

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Book synopsis

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.

Contents

Contents: Interactional competence from the rater’s perspective – The extent to which performances in a paired speaking test are considered separable by raters.

About the author(s)/editor(s)

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.

Series

Language Testing and Evaluation. Vol. 24
Edited by Rüdiger Grotjahn and Günther Sigott