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Multilevel language tests: Walking into the land of the unexplored

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Title:Multilevel language tests: Walking into the land of the unexplored
Authors:García Laborda, Jesus
Fernández Álvarez, Miguel
Contributors:Robert Godwin-Jones (editor)
Keywords:Multilevel Tests
Language Tests
Test Construct
Test Differences
Date Issued:01 Jun 2021
Publisher:University of Hawaii National Foreign Language Resource Center
Center for Language & Technology
(co-sponsored by Center for Open Educational Resources and Language Learning, University of Texas at Austin)
Citation:García Laborda, J., & Fernández Álvarez, M. (2021). Multilevel Language tests: Walking into the land of the unexplored. Language Learning & Technology, 25(2), 1–25. http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73428
Abstract:This paper compares and analyzes a selection of popular multilevel tests used for quick accreditation of English as a foreign language worldwide. The paper begins by stating the current need of accreditation of English language competence for both academic and professional matters. It then looks at their defining features and differences. After, the different pros and cons are analyzed looking especially at the need to diversify item types since the authors consider that even the most novel tests have a traditional construct that dates back many years. It also proposes new types of items. The paper concludes that a revision of the concept of language construct is necessary considering the specific uses of the language in the 21st century.
URI:http://hdl.handle.net/10125/73428
ISSN:1094-3501
Journal:Language Learning & Technology
Volume:25
Issue/Number:2
Appears in Collections: Volume 25 Number 2, June 2021


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