Scoring Second Language Spoken and Written Performance
The ability to speak and write effectively is widely recognized as an important skill in many contexts and for many purposes, both personal, educational and professional. Because these skills are considered important in second and foreign language learning contexts, they are often included in performance assessments. The scoring of such performances is, however, a complex undertaking and has attracted much attention, both in first and second language learning contexts. The increasing use of automated scoring systems has added to this complexity in recent years. It is therefore all the more surprising that there is no book available that provides an overview of this topic area – the scoring of second language performances. This monograph fills this gap, by drawing together the latest literature in the area. It focusses on issues relating to both rater-mediated assessments and sets out consideration in relation to automated scoring systems (and other technology) which are increasingly used in our field. This monograph provides a useful introduction to graduate students, researchers, test developers, other practitioners and teachers to this topic which has in many ways dominated the field of language assessment over many decades.
Published: Mar 24, 2021
|List of Figures||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|List of Tables||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Introduction||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Understanding Raters and Ratings||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Measuring Rating Quality||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Rater Cognition||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Approaches to Enhancing Rating and Score Quality||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Rater-mediated Judgment with or without Rating Scales||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Technology in Scoring||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Validating Scoring Processes||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Conclusions||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|References||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
|Index||Ute Knoch, Judith Fairbairn, Yan Jin|
By distilling and synthesising a vast and complex body of research findings into an approachable volume, this compact book will become an essential reference for researchers of language assessment and language testers, providing a quick and easy understanding of how many of variables identified are associated with scoring outcomes and impact on rating process.
Scoring Second Language Spoken and Written Performance offers a concise and much needed overview of issues in rater-mediated assessment. Drawing on their rich expertise in language testing research and development, the authors managed to untangle the complexities associated with rating productive language performance in a highly useful manner for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in language testing.