Assessing Second Language Proficiency Under ‘Unequal’ Perspectives: A Call for Research in the MENA Region
The issue of including non-native varieties of English as valid and legitimate norms in language assessments continues to be debated under ‘World Englishes’ and ‘English as a Lingua Franca’ perspectives. This chapter firstly outlines the theoretical debates that are pertinent in the literature and how these issues are directly relevant to the MENA region. The chapter then focuses on how linguistic feature norms can be identified in non-native varieties. The chapter makes specific reference to the value of using traditional and more modern statistical techniques from corpus linguistics and concludes by illuminating existing challenges that remain unresolved in this area of scholarly debate.
KeywordsAssessment Non-native Features Corpora World Englishes
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