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Can research into the diagnostic testing of reading in a second or foreign language contribute to SLA research?

Alderson, J. C. and Huhta, Ari (2011) Can research into the diagnostic testing of reading in a second or foreign language contribute to SLA research? EUROSLA Yearbook, 11. pp. 30-52. ISSN 1568-1491

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Abstract

Language testing researchers have recently shown interest in diagnostic testing. However, diagnostic testing requires a better understanding of language abilities at a less general level than has been normal in language testing, and this has posed challenges to testers to define their diagnostic constructs both theoretically and operationally. In theory, second language acquisition (SLA) should be able to offer insights into the construct of reading in a second or foreign language (S/FL), and testing ought to be able to base diagnostic tests of S/FL reading on theoretical insights from SLA. It is, however, unclear whether this happens in practice. In this paper we examine the potential synergy between second language acquisition and second and foreign language testing, and we report on progress in three inter-related research projects into S/FL reading.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: EUROSLA Yearbook
Uncontrolled Keywords: Second Language Acquisition ; language testing ; reading in a second or foreign language
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Linguistics & English Language
ID Code: 56178
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 25 Jul 2012 13:18
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 11:20
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/56178

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