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BAAL/CUP seminars 2007

Language testing and assessment in applied linguistics: Identifying reciprocity in applied linguistic research

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2008

Pauline Rea-Dickins
Affiliation:
University of BristolP.Rea-Dickins@bristol.ac.uk
Katie Scott
Affiliation:
University of BristolP.Rea-Dickins@bristol.ac.uk
Guoxing Yu
Affiliation:
University of BristolP.Rea-Dickins@bristol.ac.uk

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The rationale for the seminar was primarily that there are links between language testing and assessment on one hand and applied linguistics on the other which could be mutually beneficial, but are not necessarily perceived as such. Secondly, it was suggested that research in language assessment and applied linguistics have been perceived as distinct, with the roles of language testing and assessment in applied linguistics relatively unexplored, an artificial divide that Bachman & Cohen (1998), for example, argue should be bridged (see also Bachman & Palmer 1996; Shohamy 2001). An additional motivation for proposing this conference was to build on the growing presence of assessment and testing concerns within applied linguistics, not merely to address issues of visibility but, importantly, to contribute to a research agenda between different research communities within our (wider) applied linguistics community. To this end, we asked our keynote speakers and those who submitted abstracts to focus explicitly on reciprocity between the fields.

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References

Bachman, L. F. & Cohen, A. D. (1998). Interfaces between second language acquisition and language testing research. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.Google Scholar
Bachman, L. F. & Palmer, A. (1996). Language testing in practice: Designing and developing useful language tests. Oxford: Oxford University Press.Google Scholar
Shohamy, E. (2001). The power of tests: A critical perspective in the use of language tests. Harlow: Longman.Google Scholar

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