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Trends in Language Assessment Research and Practice

The View from the Middle East and the Pacific Rim

Editor(s): Vahid Aryadoust, Janna Fox
Contributors: Aaron Batty, Nick Zhiwei Bi, Shouhui Zhao, Limei Zhang, Dongbo Zhang, Elvis Wagner, Janet von Randow,

Book Description

Despite prodigious developments in the field of language assessment in the Middle East and the Pacific Rim, research and practice in these areas have been underrepresented in mainstream literature. This volume takes a fresh look at language assessment in these regions, and provides a unique overview of contemporary language assessment research. In compiling this book, the editors have tapped into the knowledge of language and educational assessment experts whose diversity of perspectives and experience has enriched the focus and scope of language and educational assessment in general, and the present volume in particular. The six ‘trends’ addressed in the 26 chapters that comprise this title consider such contemporary topics as data mining, in-class assessment, and washback. The contributors explore new approaches and techniques in language assessment including advances resulting from multidisciplinary collaboration with researchers in computer science, genetics, and neuroscience. The current trends and promising new directions identified in this volume and the research reported here suggest that researchers across the Middle East and the Pacific Rim are playing—and will continue to play—an important role in advancing the quality, utility, and fairness of language testing and assessment practices.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-8261-3
ISBN-10: 1-4438-8261-5
Date of Publication: 01/05/2016
Pages / Size: 632 / A5
Price: £73.99


Vahid Aryadoust is Lecturer at the Centre for English Language Communication (CELC) of the National University of Singapore. He teaches academic writing and oral communication skills to science students and serves as the co-chair of the assessment committee at CELC. His research focuses on the application of structural equation modelling, data mining, latent trait/class models, and chaos and complexity in pedagogy and assessment. He has been a frequent presenter at international conferences and has actively published papers in educational assessment journals. He was also awarded Spaan Research Grants in 2009 and 2013 by Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessments.

Janna Fox is Associate Professor and Director of the Language Assessment and Testing Research Unit within the School of Linguistics and Language Studies, Carleton University, Canada, where she teaches courses on research methods, language testing, and curriculum. Her research addresses questions arising from the interplay of language teaching, assessment, curriculum, and policy. She is currently co-authoring a book with Liying Cheng on assessment for language teachers for the Palgrave Macmillan series Applied Linguistics for the Language Classroom, and was a founding member of the Canadian Association of Language Assessment/ Association canadienne pour l'évaluation des langues (CALA/ACEL). She serves on the Board of Paragon Testing Inc., Vancouver, Canada.