19.2225, Qs: Construct Definition for Language Tests

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Subject: 19.2225, Qs: Construct Definition for Language Tests

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Date: 11-Jul-2008
From: Tobias Haug < tobias.haug at signlang-assessment.info >
Subject: Construct Definition for Language Tests


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Date: Sun, 13 Jul 2008 20:50:05
From: Tobias Haug [tobias.haug at signlang-assessment.info]
Subject: Construct Definition for Language Tests
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Dear all,

I am contacting the list members with an inquiry on language testing. Those of 
you who are involved in the process of language test development and/or 
adaptation (both theory and practice) know that one important step in language 
test construction is how the researcher defines (in correspondence with the 
purpose of the test) the test construct, e.g., "language proficiency", 
"communicative competence" (e.g., Haynes; Canale & Swain; Bachman) or 
"language comprehension"?

My test targets language comprehension in deaf children 4-8 years old. I am 
acquainted with the most common theories on language acquisition, but for  
those of you on the list who work in language test development, I was
on which theories you personally base your construct definition?

Any suggestions and ideas are welcome.

Many thanks in advance.

Greeting from sunny Zurich, Switzerland.

Tobias Haug 

Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
                     Language Acquisition

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