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Language Proficiency Testing for Chinese as a Foreign Language

An Argument-Based Approach for Validating the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK)

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Florian Meyer

How did the (old) Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) assess the Chinese proficiency of non-native speakers of Chinese? What inferences can be derived from HSK test taker scores, especially from Western test takers? How difficult is it to learn Chinese according to the HSK? Thirty years of research have been synthesized into an argument-based approach for validating the most widespread test for Chinese as a foreign language. In addition, the author has analyzed the scores of a sample of over 250 German test takers in order to investigate how many hours German natives needed on average to study for reaching a specific HSK level. This work also extensively discusses validation theory for psychological testing, and it demonstrates how to put an argument-based approach to validation into practice.
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Bibliographic Information published by the Deutsche Nationalbibliothek The Deutsche Nationalbibliothek lists this publication in the Deutsche Nationalbibliografie; detailed bibliographic data is available in the internet at http://dnb.d-nb.de.

Zugl.: Bochum, Univ., Diss., 2012

Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data Meyer, Florian Kagan, 1976- Language proficiency testing for Chinese as a foreign language : an argument-based approach for validating the Hanyu Shuiping Kaoshi (HSK) / Florian Kagan Meyer. – Peter Lang Edition. pages cm. – (Language testing and evaluation ; Volume 32) ISBN 978-3-631-64891-9 1. Chinese language–Ability testing. 2. Chinese language–Acquisition. 3. Chinese language–Study and teaching–Foreign speakers. 4. Chinese language–Spoken Chinese–Examinations. 5. Chinese language–Examinations, questions, etc. I. Title. PL1119.M49 2014 495.180076–dc23

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D 294 ISSN 1612-815X ISBN 978-3-631-64891-9 (Print) E-ISBN 978-3-653-03934-4 (E-Book) DOI 10.3726/978-3-653-03934-4

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