[lg policy] Fwd: [Edling] Book: Assessing Foreign Language Students’ Spoken Proficiency by Martin East

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at gmail.com
Thu Mar 10 16:05:25 UTC 2016

Forwarded from: Francis Hult <francis.hult at englund.lu.se>
Date: Thu, Mar 10, 2016 at 10:17 AM

Book: Assessing Foreign Language Students’ Spoken Proficiency by Martin East

Title: Assessing Foreign Language Students’ Spoken Proficiency

Author: Martin East

ISBN: 978-981-10-0301-1
Hardback Price: $129.00

*Softcover Price: $24.99

URL: http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811003011

About the book:

This book presents an in‐depth study of assessment innovation and its
impact on teaching and learning. The context is New Zealand, and the focus
is additional languages other than English and the recent introduction of a
radical new assessment of students’ spoken proficiency, called interact.
The book crosses the traditional theoretical and methodological boundaries
associated with language testing research, which focuses on assessment
performance, and presents an alternative approach where stakeholders become
the centre of interest.  It advances our understanding of how assessment
innovation impacts on two key groups - teachers and students in schools -
based on data collected from a substantial two‐year research project. It
presents an account of these stakeholders’ perceptions of the validity and
usefulness of the new assessment in comparison with the more traditional
test that it has replaced. Assessing Foreign Language Students' Spoken
Proficiency makes an outstanding and original contribution to the field of
second and foreign language teaching, providing a theory and research-based
account of the development of a learner-centred approach to oral
proficiency assessment.  It is an important resource for teachers and
teacher educators as well as assessment and curriculum specialists
worldwide.  It deserves to be widely read.

Table of contents:


- Acknowledgments.

- Chapter 1: Mediating assessment innovation: Why stakeholder perspectives

- Chapter 2:Assessing spoken proficiency: What are the issues? .

- Chapter 3:Introducing a new assessment of spoken proficiency:*Interact*.

- Chapter 4: Investigating stakeholder perspectives on *Interact*.

- Chapter 5: The advantages and disadvantages of *Interact*.

- Chapter 6:The disadvantages of *Interact *and suggested improvements.

- Chapter 7: *Interact* and higher proficiency students: Addressing the

- Chapter 8: *Interact* and higher proficiency students: Concluding

- Chapter 9: Coming to terms with assessment innovation: Conclusions and

 *Springer offers softcover books for the low price of just $24.99. This
service is available directly through your university library. To purchase
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online for the eBook at your institution’s library.

Discounted prices are also available when a volume form the Educational
Linguistics series is used as a textbook for a course. Contact your
Springer representative for further details.

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