24.5153, Books: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests: Inoue

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Date: Fri, 13 Dec 2013 14:01:56
From: Laura Bally [publicity at peterlang.com]
Subject: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests: Inoue

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Title: Task Equivalence in Speaking Tests 
Subtitle: Investigating the Difficulty of Two Spoken Narrative Tasks 
Series Title: Linguistic Insights  

Publication Year: 2013 
Publisher: Peter Lang AG
	   http://www.peterlang.com
	

Book URL: http://www.peterlang.com/?431417 


Author: Chihiro Inoue

Paperback: ISBN:  9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: U.S. $ 81.95
Paperback: ISBN:  9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: U.K. £ 50.00
Paperback: ISBN:  9783034314176 Pages: 251 Price: Europe EURO 63.00


Abstract:

This book addresses the issue of task equivalence, which is of fundamental importance in the areas of language testing and task-based research, where task equivalence is a prerequisite. The main study examines the two ‘seemingly-equivalent’ picture-based spoken narrative tasks, using a multi-method approach combining quantitative and qualitative methodologies with MFRM analysis of the ratings, the analysis of linguistic performances by Japanese candidates and native speakers of English (NS), expert judgements of the task characteristics, and perceptions of the candidates and NS. The results reveal a complex picture with a number of variables involved in ensuring task equivalence, raising relevant issues regarding the theories of task complexity and the commonly-used linguistic variables for examining learner spoken language. This book has important implications for the possible measures that can be taken to avoid selecting non-equivalent tasks for research and teaching. 

 



Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
                     Japanese (jpn)


Written In: English  (eng)

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