Co-constructed interaction in a paired speaking test : the rater's perspective

May, Lynette A. (2009) Co-constructed interaction in a paired speaking test : the rater's perspective. Language Testing, 26(3), pp. 397-422.

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The definition and operationalisation of interactional competence in speaking tests that entail co-construction of discourse is an area of language testing requiring further research. This article explores the reactions of four trained raters to paired candidates who oriented to asymmetric patterns of interaction in a discussion task. Through an analysis of candidate discourse combined with rater notes, stimulated verbal recalls, rater discussions and scores awarded for interactional effectiveness, the article examines the extent to which raters compensate or penalise candidates for their role in co-constructing asymmetric interactional patterns. The article argues that key features of the interaction are perceived by the raters as mutual achievements, and it further suggests that the awarding of shared scores for interactional competence is one way of acknowledging the inherently co-constructed nature of interaction in a paired speaking test.

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ID Code: 26544
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: co-construction, interactional competence, paired speaking tests, rating speaking tests
DOI: 10.1177/0265532209104668
ISSN: 0265-5322
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > LINGUISTICS (200400) > Applied Linguistics and Educational Linguistics (200401)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2009 Sage Publications
Deposited On: 29 Jul 2009 03:01
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:56

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