The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing

TOEIC Washback in a South Korean Context

  • Dawn Karen Booth

Part of the English Language Education book series (ELED, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
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  2. Dawn Karen Booth
    Pages 1-6
  3. Dawn Karen Booth
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  4. Dawn Karen Booth
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  13. Back Matter
    Pages 245-256

About this book


This book explores the influence of high stakes standardised testing within the context of South Korea. South Korea is regarded as a shining example of success in educational achievement and, as this book reveals, pressurised standardised testing has been a major contributing factor to its success. This unique country provides an excellent setting from which to explore the powerful relationship that exists between testing and learning and can advance our understanding of which factors and test conditions will positively and negatively influence learning. This book follows the test activity of a group of Korean university students preparing for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) and posits a revised model of the influence of testing on learning. It calls for a more socially situated view of tests and test-takers considered in relation to the sociocultural, historical, political and economic contexts in which they are embedded.


TOEIC The Korean education system EFL education and testing in Korea Washback across different areas of learning Cognitive and social traditions in SLA TOEIC and English A sociocultural theory of mind

Authors and affiliations

  • Dawn Karen Booth
    • 1
  1. 1.AucklandNew Zealand

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-70445-6
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-70446-3
  • Series Print ISSN 2213-6967
  • Series Online ISSN 2213-6975
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