Encyclopedia of Language and Education

2008 Edition
| Editors: Nancy H. Hornberger

Training in Language Assessment

  • Margaret E. Malone
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-0-387-30424-3_178

Introduction

This chapter addresses major issues involved in training language instructors to make informed decisions throughout the assessment process. Within the context of the chapter, the ‘assessment process’ refers to developing, scoring, interpreting and improving classroom‐based assessments as well as selecting, administering, interpreting and sharing results of large‐scale tests developed by professional testing organizations (Stoynoff and Chapelle, 2005). This chapter also explores the gap between language testing practice and the training of language instructors in language assessment, and the importance of bridging this gap for improved learning, teaching and assessment (Trim, 2005). The term ‘assessment literacy’ has been proposed to describe what language instructors need to know about assessment (Boyles, 2005; Stiggins, 1997; Stoynoff and Chapelle, 2005). This chapter closes with a discussion of this term.

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Keywords

Classroom Teacher English Language Learner Language Instructor Language Testing Communicative Competence 
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Acknowledgements

The author wishes to thank Elana Shohamy, Jamie Schissel, Colleen Gallagher, Meg Montee and an anonymous reviewer for their comments on this chapter.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Margaret E. Malone
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  1. 1.Center for Applied LinguisticsWashington DCUSA