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Accent and listening assessment:A validation study of the use of speakers with L2 accents on an academic English listening test

Harding, Luke (2011) Accent and listening assessment:A validation study of the use of speakers with L2 accents on an academic English listening test. Language Testing and Evaluation . Peter Lang, Frankfurt. ISBN 978-3-631-60939-2

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Abstract

Given the linguistically diverse nature of academic institutions in English-speaking contexts, a strong rationale exists for the incorporation of L2 accents of English in academic listening assessment on the grounds of authenticity and construct representation. However large-scale tests have tended to feature only native-speaker varieties in listening test input owing to concerns about the intelligibility of L2 accents, construct validity and acceptability. This book presents a mixed-methods study designed to address these concerns. Versions of the University Test of English as a Second Language (UTESL) featuring Australian English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese accented speakers were used to explore the potential for a shared-L1 or familiarity advantage, and to investigate test-takers' attitudes towards L2 accents on a listening test. Implications are drawn for test development and for future research.

Item Type: Book/Report/Proceedings
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 50928
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 03 Nov 2011 12:25
Refereed?: No
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Apr 2014 02:17
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/50928

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