LINGUIST List 12.1664

Tue Jun 26 2001

Books: Language Testing

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  1. Paul Peranteau, Language Testing: Talking and Testing by Young & Weiyun He (eds.)

Message 1: Language Testing: Talking and Testing by Young & Weiyun He (eds.)

Date: Mon, 25 Jun 2001 16:33:10 -0400
From: Paul Peranteau <>
Subject: Language Testing: Talking and Testing by Young & Weiyun He (eds.)

>From John Benjamins Publishing:
This work is now available in Paperback:

Talking and Testing.
Discourse approaches to the assessment of oral proficiency.
Richard YOUNG (University of Wisconsin-Madison) and 
Agnes WEIYUN HE (SUNY Stony Brook) (eds.)
Studies in Bilingualism 14
US & Canada: 1 55619 548 6 / USD 76.00 (Hardcover)
 1 58811 092 3 / USD 33.95 (Paperback)
Rest of world:90 272 4120 1 / NLG 166.00 (Hardcover)
 90 272 4133 3 / NLG 75.00 (Paperback)

This book brings together a collection of current research on the
assessment of oral proficiency in a second language. Fourteen chapters
focus on the use of the language proficiency interview or LPI to
assess oral proficiency. The volume addresses the central issue of
validity in proficiency assessment: the ways in which the language
proficiency interview is accomplished through discourse.

Contributors draw on a variety of discourse perspectives, including
the ethnography of speaking, conversation analysis, language
socialization theory, sociolinguistic variation theory, human
interaction research, and systemic functional linguistics. And for the
first time, LPIs conducted in German, Korean, and Spanish are examined
as well as interviews in English.

This book sheds light on such important issues as how speaking ability
can be defined independently of an LPI that is designed to assess it
and the extent to which an LPI is an authentic representation of
ordinary conversation in the target language. It will be of
considerable interest to language testers, discourse analysts, second
language acquisition researchers, foreign language specialists, and
anyone concerned with proficiency issues in language teaching and

Contributions by: Marianne Celce-Murcia; Agnes Weiyun He & Richard Young; 
Marysia Johnson & Andrea Tyler; Heidi Riggenbach; Dale April Koike; 
Agnes Weiyun He; Carol Lynn Moder & Gene B. Halleck; Maria M. Egbert; 
Bernard Mohan; Yumiko Yoshida-Morise; Lucy Katona; Catherine E. Davies; 
Kyu-hyun Kim & Kyung-hee Suh; Steven Ross; Richard Young & Gene B. Halleck.

 John Benjamins Publishing Co.
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