Developing speaking assessment tasks to reflect the 'social turn' in language testing

May, Lynette A. (2010) Developing speaking assessment tasks to reflect the 'social turn' in language testing. University of Sydney Papers in TESOL, 5, pp. 1-30.

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Interactional competence has emerged as a focal point for language testing researchers in recent years. In spoken communication involving two or more interlocutors, the co-construction of discourse is central to successful interaction. The acknowledgement of co-construction has led to concern over the impact of the interlocutor and the separability of performances in speaking tests involving interaction. The purpose of this article is to review recent studies of direct relevance to the construct of interactional competence and its operationalisation by raters in the context of second language speaking tests. The review begins by tracing the emergence of interaction as a criterion in speaking tests from a theoretical perspective, and then focuses on research salient to interactional effectiveness that has been carried out in the context of language testing interviews and group and paired speaking tests.

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ID Code: 37812
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: speaking tests, interactional competence, paired spekaing tests, oral proficiency interviews, group speaking tests
ISSN: 1834-3198
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > LOTE ESL and TESOL Curriculum and Pedagogy (excl. Maori) (130207)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Past > Schools > School of Cultural & Language Studies in Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 Lyn May
Deposited On: 10 Oct 2010 23:10
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:21

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