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PONTIFICAL
CATHOLIC
UNIVERSITY
OF
ECUADOR

LANGUAGE
ASSESSMENT:
PRINCIPLES AND
ISSUES
Mauricio Arroba
January 27th, 2014.
OBJECTIVES
1.
2.
3.
4.

5.
6.

Assessment vs. testing
Five basic principles of LA
Identify genres of tests
Historical deve...
ASSESSMENT VS. TESTING

Tes
t

Assessme
nt
ASSESSMENT VS. TESTING
Free-assessment
Informal
Assessment

Assessment
Formal
Assessment

Testing
PRINCIPLES
1. Practicality
2. Reliability
3. Validity
Content validity

Face validity

Construct validity
PRINCIPLES
4. Authenticity

5. Washback
KINDS OF TESTS
1. Proficiency test
2. Diagnostic test
3. Placement test
4. Achievement test
5. Aptitude test
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS
IN LANGUAGE TESTING

1950
1970 and 1980
Today
HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS
IN LANGUAGE TESTING

Discrete point

Integrative
testing method
Cloze tests

Dictation
CURRENT ISSUES IN
LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT

1. Large-scale language proficiency testin
2. Authenticity
3. Performance based ass...
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  1. 1. PONTIFICAL CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY OF ECUADOR LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT: PRINCIPLES AND ISSUES Mauricio Arroba January 27th, 2014.
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. Assessment vs. testing Five basic principles of LA Identify genres of tests Historical development and current issues on LA Large-scale standardized tests: TOELF Critical nature of testing: Ethics
  3. 3. ASSESSMENT VS. TESTING Tes t Assessme nt
  4. 4. ASSESSMENT VS. TESTING Free-assessment Informal Assessment Assessment Formal Assessment Testing
  5. 5. PRINCIPLES 1. Practicality 2. Reliability 3. Validity Content validity Face validity Construct validity
  6. 6. PRINCIPLES 4. Authenticity 5. Washback
  7. 7. KINDS OF TESTS 1. Proficiency test 2. Diagnostic test 3. Placement test 4. Achievement test 5. Aptitude test
  8. 8. HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN LANGUAGE TESTING 1950 1970 and 1980 Today
  9. 9. HISTORICAL DEVELOPMENTS IN LANGUAGE TESTING Discrete point Integrative testing method Cloze tests Dictation
  10. 10. CURRENT ISSUES IN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT 1. Large-scale language proficiency testin 2. Authenticity 3. Performance based assessment 4. Challenges from innovative theories of intelligence 5. Expanding alternatives in classroom based assessment 6. Ethical issues: Critical language asses
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