Testing ESL Pragmatics

Development and Validation of a Web-Based Assessment Battery

by Carsten Röver (Author)
Monographs XIII, 156 Pages


Although second language learners’ pragmatic competence (their ability to use language in context) is an essential part of their general communicative competence, it has not been a part of second language tests. This book helps fill this gap by describing the development and validation of a web-based test of ESL pragmalinguistics. The instrument assesses learners’ knowledge of routine formulae, speech acts, and implicature in 36 multiple-choice and brief-response items. The test’s quantitative and qualitative validation with 300 learners showed high reliability and provided strong evidence of the instrument’s construct validity. Its web-based format makes it easy to administer and score. The book ends with a discussion of future research directions in assessing second language pragmatics.


XIII, 156
ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2014 (May)
Frankfurt am Main, Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2005. XIII, 156 pp., 43 tables, 8 graphs

Biographical notes

Carsten Röver (Author)

The Author: Carsten Röver is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and Applied Linguistics, School of Languages, at the University of Melbourne. He did his Erstes Staatsexamen in TESOL and Psychology at the University of Duisburg, and earned his Ph.D. in Second Language Acquisition from the University of Hawai’i at Manoa. He has worked in test validation at the Educational Testing Service in Princeton, NJ, and served as a consultant at the Center for the Advanced Study of Language at the University of Maryland.


Title: Testing ESL Pragmatics