The book brings together two related fields - language testing and language programme evaluation - in a way that no single introductory text has done, and seeks to encourage closer relations between the two in both academic curricula and professional practice. It introduces readers not just to basic concepts, but to some of the major social, educational and research concerns and activities that characterise language testing and evaluation.The book can serve either as a basic text for a taught course, or as independent reading in self-study mode. All chapters include suggestions for further reading, and discussions frequently point towards possible explorations in classroom research and practice. A glossary of key concepts and a select annotated bibliography are provided.
Testing and evaluation in language teaching; evaluating language; describing and measuring language ability; evaluating language curricula; testing in language classes; evaluation procedures and instruments; language testing procedures and instruments; skills and subskills; tasks and genres; performance criteria and Rater judgements; professionalism in language teaching.