A concern for quality and the growing number of international students have made the assessment of English for Academic Purposes a prime concern in British universities. By drawing on the expertise of BALEAP and many EAP specialists, this collection describes and critically evaluates current issues and debates in the field. An introduction provides an overview of the state of assessment in EAP and this is followed by sections which investigate in depth individual issues such as the validity of commonly used tests, the utility of computer test batteries and other non-traditional forms of assessment. Also addressed with original research data are the varying requirements of individual departments, students’ views of assessment and self-assessment instruments. These issues are relevant beyond the individual circumstances of British universities and should inform good practice not only in the UK but anywhere where students receive part or all of their education in English as a second or foreign language.
Oxford, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt/M., New York, Wien, 2000. 289 pp.
Contents: George M. Blue / James Milton / Jane Saville: Introduction: Assessing English for Academic Purposes – J. Charles
Alderson: Testing in EAP: Progress? Achievement? Proficiency? – John Morley: The Chaplen Test Revisited – Paul Fanning / Lynne
Hale: Screening New Students with the UCLES Computer Adaptive Test – Esther Daborn / Moira Calderwood: Collaborative Assessment
of Written Reports: Electrical Engineering and EFL – Joan Cutting: Written Errors of International Students and English Native
Speaker Students – Julie Hartill: Assessing Postgraduates in the Real World – Rita Green: Life after the Pre-Sessional Course:
How Students Fare in their Departments – Lynn Errey: Stacking the Decks: What does it take to Satisfy Academic Readers’ Requirements?
– Gill Meldrum: I Know I have to be Critical, but How? – Katie Gray: Assessment in EAP: Moving away from Traditional Models
– Alicia Cresswell: The Role of Portfolios in the Assessment of Student Writing on an EAP Course – M. I. Freeman: A Self-Evaluation
Instrument for the Measurement of Student Proficiency Levels – George M. Blue: Self-Assessment and Defining Learners’ Needs
– Barbara Atherton: Developing Accuracy in Academic Writing – R. R. Jordan: Is the Customer Sometimes Right? Students’ Views
of Assessment in EAP.