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Language Assessment provides a clear presentation of the essentials for assessing second language learning fairly and effectively. The updated second edition includes new research and information on standardized tests, a chapter on form-focused assessment, and a concise glossary.


  • Classification of assessment techniques ranging from controlled to open-ended item types on a specificed continuum of micro- and macroskills of language.
  • Systematic treatment of assessment for all four language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary.
  • Discussion of large-scale standardized tests, the ethics of testing, letter grading, and overall evaluation of student performance.
  • Comprehensive presentation of alternatives in assessment, such as portfolios, journals, conferences, observations, interviews, and self- or peer-assessment.
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