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The effect of mode of response on a semi-direct test of oral proficiency

Kiddle, Thom and Kormos, Judit (2011) The effect of mode of response on a semi-direct test of oral proficiency. Language Assessment Quarterly, 8 (4). pp. 342-360. ISSN 1543-4303

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    Abstract

    This article reports on a study conducted with 42 participants from a Chilean university, which aimed to determine the effect of mode of response on test performance and test-taker perception of test features by comparing a semidirect online version and a direct face-to-face version of a speaking test. Candidate performances on both test versions were double-marked and analysed using both classical test theory and many-facet Rasch measurement. To gain an insight into students’ perceptions of the two modes of delivery, we also asked candidates to complete a questionnaire after sitting each version. The many-facet Rash analysis showed no significant difference in the difficulty of the two versions of test. Nonetheless, there was a significant preference among candidates for the face-to-face version across a number of different features of the test.

    Item Type: Article
    Journal or Publication Title: Language Assessment Quarterly
    Additional Information: The final, definitive version of this article has been published in the Journal, Language Assessment Quarterly, 8 (4), 2011, © Informa Plc
    Uncontrolled Keywords: language testing ; computer-assisted testing ; spoken language assessment
    Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
    Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
    ID Code: 51011
    Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
    Deposited On: 11 Nov 2011 11:54
    Refereed?: Yes
    Published?: Published
    Last Modified: 20 Aug 2014 09:02
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    URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/51011

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