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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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Section 3 – Conversation with gaps – use Steps 1 & 2. Section 5 – Correction of infelicitous utterances – use Step 2 only.

Step 1: Does it fit the gap, i.e., does it make sense in light of the previous turn and does it enable the following turn? [Section 3 only]

If it fits the gap entirely, go to Step 2.

If it fits the gap mostly but not entirely, e.g., missing one piece of information for the next turn but providing the other, go to Step 2 but subtract 1 point from the score at Step 2.

If it doesn’t fit the gap, i.e., it doesn’t relate to the preceding utterance or the following utterance doesn’t make sense anymore, score it 0. Do not go to Step 2.

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