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Task equivalence in speaking tests

Author: Chihiro Inoue
Publisher: Bern ; New York : Peter Lang, [2013] ©2013
Series: Linguistic insights, v. 174.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book addresses the issue of task equivalence, which is of fundamental importance in the areas of language testing and task-based research, where task equivalence is a prerequisite. The main study examines the two 'seemingly-equivalent' picture-based spoken narrative tasks, using a multi-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies with MFRM analysis of the ratings, the analysis of  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Examinations
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Inoue, Chihiro, 1980-
Task equivalence in speaking tests
(DLC) 2013035898
(OCoLC)861119972
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Chihiro Inoue
ISBN: 9783035105643 3035105642
OCLC Number: 864140663
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Contents 5; Acknowledgements 11; 1. Introduction 13; 1.1 Rationale of the Book 13; 1.2 Spoken Narrative Tasks 14; 1.2.1 Definition of Spoken Narrative 14; 1.2.2 Spoken Narrative Tasks in Language Testing 15; 1.2.3 Spoken Narrative Tasks in Task-based Research 16; 1.3 Terminology 17; 1.4 Organisation of the Book 18; 2. Review of the Literature 19; 2.1 Introduction 19; 2.2 Theoretical Framework 19; 2.2.1 Models of Speaking Assessment 20; 2.2.2 Validity 24; 2.3 Equivalence of Test Forms and Tasks in Speaking Assessments 27; 2.3.1 Reliability 27; 2.3.2 Forms of a Test 28. 2.3.3 Forms of a Test by Different Delivery Modes 292.3.4 Tasks of a Test 33; 2.4 Summary 35; 2.5 Operationalisation of the Evidence for Context and Cognitive Validity in Spoken Narrative Performance 37; 2.5.1 Theoretical Frameworks of Speech Production 37; 2.5.1.1 Speech Production in L1 37; 2.5.1.2 Speech Production in L2 40; 2.5.1.3 Task-related Factors Affecting L2 Performance 42; 2.5.2 A Priori Evidence of Task Equivalence: Task Complexity Factors 47; 2.5.3 A Posteriori Evidence of Context Validity: Linguistic Performance of Spoken Narrative Tasks 49; 2.5.3.1 Fluency 50. 2.5.3.2 Complexity 512.5.3.3 Accuracy 55; 2.5.3.4 Idea Units 57; 2.5.4 A Posteriori Evidence of Cognitive Validity: Candidate Perceptions 58; 2.6 Evidence of Scoring Validity 60; 2.7 Summary 62; 2.8 Research Questions 63; 3. Pilot Studies 67; 3.1 Introduction 67; 3.2 Pilot Study 1: A Feasibility Study of Linguistic Performance at Two Levels of a Standard Speaking Test (SST) 69; 3.2.1 Purpose 69; 3.2.2 Data 69; 3.2.3 Linguistic Variables 70; 3.2.4 Research Question and Analyses 72; 3.2.5 Results and Discussion 72; 3.2.6 Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research 77. 3.3 Pilot Study 2: Expert Judgements on the Two SST Tasks 783.3.1 Purpose 78; 3.3.2 Participants and Procedures 78; 3.3.3 Research Aims 79; 3.3.4 Results and Discussion 80; 3.3.5 Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research 81; 3.4 Pilot Study 3: Investigating the Sensitivity of Linguistic Variables in an SST Task 83; 3.4.1 Purpose 83; 3.4.2 Data 83; 3.4.3 Linguistic Variables 84; 3.4.4 Research Questions, Procedure and Analysis 86; 3.4.5 Results and Discussion 88; 3.4.5.1 Descriptive Statistics 88; 3.4.5.2 'Sensitive' Variables: Fluency and Accuracy 88. 3.4.5.3 Other Variables (1): Syntactic Complexity 933.4.5.4 Other Variables (2): Lexical Complexity 94; 3.4.5.5 Other Variables (3): Idea Units 98; 3.4.6 Conclusions and Suggestions for Future Research 99; 3.5 Pilot Study 4: Native Speaker Performance and Perceptions of the Two SST Tasks 100; 3.5.1 Purpose 100; 3.5.2 Data 101; 3.5.3 Research Questions, Procedures and Analysis 101; 3.5.4 Results and Discussion 102; 3.5.4.1. Syntactic Complexity and Reasoning 102; 3.5.4.2. Idea Units 104; 3.5.5 Conclusions and Suggestions for Further Research 105.
Series Title: Linguistic insights, v. 174.
Responsibility: Chihiro Inoue.

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