Applying an Argument-Based Approach
Chapter 6: Validation Study 2
In validation study 2 I claim that the Russian Elicited Imitation Test can be used for selecting participants for SLA studies, in other words, as a predictor of certain levels of Russian speaking and listening proficiency. The intent is to generalize across studies, therefore a common frame of reference is needed and the Russian EIT might be used as a common frame of reference. Similar to validation study 1, I start Chapter 6 with a section that specifies test use and context. I then report on the development of the interpretive argument for this use followed by the ap- praisal stage of the evaluation of the EIT, which seeks to challenge the interpretive argument. Finally, I discuss the results of the validation study in connection with the interpretive argument developed for the specified test use. 6.1 Test use and context Two examples below describe possible studies in which Russian EIT might be used to select participants to the research experiments on the basis of their (a) speaking or (b) listening skills. (a) In study 1 a group of researchers in an English-speaking university inves- tigate linguistic correlates of oral L2 proficiency in Russian. For this, they would need to recruit language learners of different levels of Russian proficiency. To determine participants’ levels of speaking proficiency, researchers would ideally have an independent test of L2 oral proficiency. Since using an OPI or SOPI is rather time-consuming and potentially expensive, Russian EIT can be used as a proxy measure of Russian speaking...
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