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Book: Comprehensibility in Language Assessment

Chapter: Conclusion

DOI: 10.1558/equinox.41104


In this chapter, we will provide an overview of issues related to comprehensibility and its key features that are central to successful communication. This chapter will also draw together the analytical framework discussed in the monograph to demonstrate the key aspects of the framework that benefit different language professionals. We highlight the contexts that potentially influence comprehensibility in significant ways and highlight the dynamic relationship between speakers and listeners. We will argue that adopting the broader perspective we have suggested will enable language professionals to have a more objective assessment of comprehensibility.

Chapter Contributors

  • Parvaneh Tavakoli ( - parvaneh) 'University of Reading'
  • Sheryl Cooke ( - scooke) 'British Council'