This volume includes selected papers from the 28th Language Testing Research Colloquium, held at the University of Melbourne (Australia) in July 2006. The papers selected for this volume share a common theme - that of `performance'. Not only do they focus on performance assessments of second or foreign language speaking and writing, but they also focus on the performance of the participants - the candidate (or candidates) and the raters - and the construction of that performance through the tasks and the assessment criteria.
The Editors: Annie Brown is Associate Director for Assessment and Professional Development in the Ministry of Higher Education in the United Arab Emirates. She is on the Executive Board of ILTA and the Editorial Boards of Language Assessment Quarterly and Assessing Writing. Kathryn Hill teaches clinical communication skills in the Faculty of Medicine, Dentistry and Health Sciences at the University of Melbourne (Australia). She is currently completing her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics at the University of Melbourne.
Contents: Ana Maria Ducasse: Raters as Scale Makers for an L2 Spanish Speaking Test: Using Paired Test Discourse to Develop a Rating Scale for Communicative Interaction - Tomoko Horai: Intra-task Comparison in a Monologic Oral Performance Test: The Impact of Task Manipulation on Performance - Thomas Eckes: On Common Ground? How Raters Perceive Scoring Criteria in Oral Proficiency Testing - Robyn Spence-Brown: An Embedded Problem: Issues in the Use of a Pedagogic Task for Assessment - Youn-Hee Kim: Exploring Rater and Task Variability in Second Language Oral Performance Assessment - M. Usman Erdosy: Chasing Proteus: Identifying Indigenous Assessment Criteria in Academic Settings - Don Salting/Jennifer Balogh/Anish Nair/Alexandra Dunn: Predictors of Item Difficulty in an Automated Spoken English Test.