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Testing ESL Sociopragmatics

Development and Validation of a Web-based Test Battery


Carsten Roever, Catriona Fraser and Catherine Elder

Testing of second language pragmatics has grown as a research area but still suffers from a tension between construct coverage and practicality. In this book, the authors describe the development and validation of a web-based test of second language pragmatics for learners of English. The test has a sociopragmatic orientation and strives for a broad coverage of the construct by assessing learners’ metapragmatic judgments as well as their ability to co-construct discourse. To ensure practicality, the test is delivered online and is scored partially automatically and partially by human raters. We used the argument-based approach to validation, which showed that the test can support low-stakes decisions about learners’ knowledge of sociopragmatics in English.
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Roever, Carsten.Testing ESL sociopragmatics : development and validation of a web-basedtest battery / Carsten Roever, Catriona Fraser, Catherine Elder. — PeterLang Editionp. cm. — (Language testing and evaluation; Volume 35)Includes bibliographical references and index.ISBN 978-3-631-65379-1 (Print) — ISBN 978-3-653-04598-7 (E-Book) 1.English language—Ability testing. 2. English language—Spoken English—Examinations. 3. Interlanguage (Language learning) 4. Testing English as aForeign Language. 5. English language Foreign speakers.—Study andteaching 6. Educational tests and measurements. 7. Computer adaptivetesting. 8. Pragmatics. 9. Sociolinguistics. I. Fraser, Catriona, 1976- jointauthor II. Elder, C. (Catherine) joint author III. Title.P118.7.R64 2014428.0076—dc23


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