Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from SLA (Second Language Acquisition)

Measuring L2 Proficiency: Perspectives from SLA (Second Language Acquisition)

By: Heather Hilton (editor), Amanda Edmonds (editor), Pascale LeClercq (editor)Paperback

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The creation of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has given rise to interest and debate among policy makers, testers, teachers and researchers alike in the reliability and feasibility of the assessment of second language (L2) proficiency. This volume brings together concrete ideas on identifying and measuring L2 proficiency from different branches of SLA research (psycholinguistic, sociolinguistic, corpus-based, applied linguistics) to contribute to a deeper understanding of what it means to be proficient in an L2. The chapters introduce a wide range of tools that are innovative, reliable, and easy-to-use for the evaluation of learners' language level with respect to both productive and receptive skills and provide a variety of answers to the question of how to assess L2 proficiency in a valid, reliable and practical manner. The collection will therefore inspire language teachers, teacher trainers and language testing specialists and help them adapt their assessment practices when necessary, and will also be a valuable resource for postgraduate students and researchers.

About Author

Pascale Leclercq is a Lecturer in the English Studies Department of Universite Paul Valery Montpellier 3, France, where she teaches English as a Foreign Language, second language acquisition and L2 pedagogy to undergraduate and postgraduate students, and trains future language teachers. Amanda Edmonds is a Lecturer in French as a Foreign Language at the Universite de Pau et des Pays de l'Adour, France. She is currently director of the Master's program in French as a Foreign Language, and her teaching includes courses on FFL, second language acquisition, and language pedagogy. Heather Hilton is a Professor in the Language Department at the Universite de Lyon 2, France. She has extensive experience of language teaching and now researches language acquisition and foreign language teaching methodology with a particular focus on young learners and learners with learning differences.


Acknowledgements Preface 1. Pascale Leclercq and Amanda Edmonds: How to Assess L2 Proficiency? An Overview of Proficiency Assessment Research Part I: General Considerations for L2 Assessment 2. Heather Hilton: Oral Fluency and Spoken Proficiency: Considerations for Research and Testing 3. John Osborne: Multiple Assessments of Oral Proficiency: Evidence from a Collaborative Platform. 4. Marcus Callies, Maria Belen Diez-Bedmar and Ekaterina Zaytseva: Using Learner Corpora for Testing and Assessing L2 Proficiency. Part II Language Processing and L2 Proficiency 5. Peter Prince: Listening Comprehension: Processing Demands and Assessment Issues 6. Carrie A. Ankerstein: A Psycholinguistic Measurement of Second Language Proficiency: The Coefficient of Variance 7. Dominique Bairstow, Jean-Marc Lavaur, Jannika Laxen and Xavier Aparicio: Evaluating the Workings of Bilingual Memory with a Translation Recognition Task Part III Focused Assessment Instruments 8. Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Kevin McManus, Lourdes Ortega and John Norris: "Repeat as much as you can": Elicited Imitation as a Measure of Oral Proficiency in L2 French 9. Kevin McManus, Nicole Tracy-Ventura, Rosamond Mitchell, Laurence Richard and Patricia Romero de Mills: Exploring the Acquisition of the French Subjunctive: Local Syntactic Context or Oral Proficiency? 10. Naouel Zoghlami: Testing L2 Listening Proficiency: Reviewing Standardized tests within a Competence-Based Framework. 11. Libby M. Gertken, Mark Amengual and David Birdsong: Assessing Language Dominance with the Bilingual Language Profile Epilogue

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  • ISBN13: 9781783092277
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 248
  • ID: 9781783092277
  • weight: 378
  • ISBN10: 1783092270

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