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The Companion to Language Assessment, 4 Volume Set

ISBN: 978-0-470-65533-7
2240 pages
December 2013, Wiley-Blackwell
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  • A state-of-the-art reference work exploring the crucial topics for practitioners and scholars of language teaching and assessment, their impact on language learners, and specific approaches to assessment employed around the world
  • Includes 140 thematically-organized chapters exploring the contexts where assessment occurs, including learners and their abilities; developmental tools and approaches to assessment; and qualitative and quantitative interdisciplinary approaches to evaluation and language assessment in 35 languages
  • Brings together an international team of scholars under the editorship of Antony John Kunnan, one of the foremost scholars in this field
  • Combines the leading voices and cutting-edge research in a reference work spanning the fields of language teaching and learning, language policy and planning, testing and evaluation, and education

4 Volumes


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Table of Contents

Volume I, Abilities, Contexts, and Learners

About the Editor xvii

Contributors xviii

Introducing The Companion to Language Assessment xli

Acknowledgments xlvii

Introduction to Volume I xlviii

Abilities, Contexts, and Learners 1–530

Volume II, Approaches and Development

About the Editor  xvii

Introduction to Volume II xviii

Approaches and Development 531–1078

Volume III, Evaluation, Methodology, and Interdisciplinary Themes

About the Editor xvii

Introduction to Volume III xviii

Evaluation, Methodology, and Interdisciplinary Themes 1079–604

Volume IV, Assessment Around the World

About the Editor xvii

Introduction to Volume IV xviii

Assessment Around the World 1605–2086

Index 2087

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Author Information

Antony John Kunnan is Professor of English Language and Literature at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. He has authored and edited books and edited special issues of journals on test validation, test fairness, statistics for language assessment, differential item functioning, and structural equation modeling. His most recent book is Workbook for Statistics in Language Assessment (coauthored with Lyle Bachman, 2005). He was the founding editor of Language Assessment Quarterly, which he edited from 2003 to 2013, and is past president of the International Language Testing Association.

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“The contents are stunning in their breadth and depth, not only covering the widely accepted complexity of the assessment field but bringing an innovative conceptualization and organization that display its importance in multiple facets of academic, professional, and vocational life.”
Dan Douglas, Iowa State University 

The Companion to Language Assessment is the most representative compendium of language testing research and practices around the world. So many scholars coming together in one publication to address the ever-expanding research-base of language testing and assessment is a singular achievement. This multidisciplinary resource of diverse language testing topics, such as the assessment of multi-faceted abilities, different learner groups, and methodological approaches, presents state-of-the art practices in assessment development and calls attention to such efforts in different parts of the world. I anticipate that this collection will remain a crucial contribution and will become the single greatest historical representation of our present knowledge and practices. Individually and collectively, the contributions are important and a must read for not only those in academia, but also for those in the private and public sectors who deal with issues of language testing. An indispensable guide to the field of language testing.”
Micheline Chalhoub-Deville, University of North Carolina at Greensboro

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