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Collaboration in Language Testing and Assessment

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Dina Tsagari and Ildikó Csépes

The Guidelines for Good Practice of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) stress the importance of collaboration between all parties involved in the process of developing instruments, activities and programmes for testing and assessment. Collaboration is considered to be as important as validity and reliability, providing a crucial prerequisite for responsibility and respect for students. The papers, covering a range of topics that consider both realities and prospects of collaboration, were originally presented at EALTA conferences from 2008 to 2010.

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John H.A.L. de Jong: Foreword

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9 Foreword John H.A.L. de Jong1 Pearson / VU University Amsterdam The selection of articles in this book, dedicated to the memory of Felianka Kaftandjieva, has been gathered by Dina Tsagari and Ildikó Csépes around the theme of collaboration. Felly has collaborated with many of the authors in this book and has most certainly influenced them in their attention to detail, their respect for measurement rigour and their enjoyment in research discoveries. She taught us to savour the reward of finding meaningful results achieved by painstakingly searching for truth in data. The editors and the authors of this book by collaborating on its publication show their wish to honour her memory by bringing the lessons she taught us into practice. The articles were originally presented at conferences of the European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) from 2008 to 2010 in Athens (Greece), Turku (Finland) and The Hague (The Netherlands). The collection illustrates the international and inclusive character of EALTA, involving researchers in large scale testing as well as in classroom assessment. As scientific disciplines develop they tend to diversify into a growing number of branches that specialise in ever smaller areas in order to study these areas in more detail. General linguistics as it developed around the beginning of last century subdivided into branches like psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and applied linguistics around the middle of last century. The latter then again split up into the studies such as child language, second language acquisition and language testing. Language testing...

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