Learning About Language Assessment: Dilemmas, Decisions, and Directions

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Learning About Language Assessment is one volume of the authoritative 13-title TeacherSource Series. The author examines the issue of classroom assessment form three distinct perspectives: Teachers' Voices, which are authentic accounts of teachers' experiences; Frameworks, which are comprehensive discussions of theoretical issues; and Investigations, which are inquiry-based activities.

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Dr. Kathleen M. Bailey received her M.A. in TESL and her Ph.D. in Applied Linguistics from the University of California at Los Angeles. She is a professor of Applied Linguistics at the Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS), in Monterey, California, and a TESOL professor at Anaheim University. She teaches courses on language assessment in both of those programs. Dr. Bailey's research interests include teacher education, supervision and development; language assessment; classroom research; and research methodology. She received the James E. Alatis Award for service to TESOL and the Heinle Lifetime Achievement Award, and is a two-time recipient of the Allen Griffin Award for Excellence in Teaching in Monterey County. She also received the Leslie Eliason Award for Excellence in Teaching at the Monterey Institute. From 1998-1999, Dr. Bailey was the president of TESOL. She served a total of seven years on the TESOL Board of Directors. Previously she served on the TOEFL Research Committee. Since 2009 she has been the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of TIRF - The International Research Foundation for English Language Education, as well as President of that foundation. In 2014 she was elected to the presidential line of the American Association for Applied Linguistics.

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1. Assessment As Information Gathering 2. Analyzing Tests 3. Conflicting Purposes of Assessment 4. The Role of Background Knowledge in the Assessment 5. A Cloze-knit Family 6. Another Dilemma 7. Some Useful Statistical Tools 8. The Correlation Family 9. Multiple-choice Tests and Item Analyses 10. Measuring Meaning 11. Eliciting Speech Samples in Role Plays 12. Three Approaches to Scoring Writing Samples 13. Alternative Assessments 14. Self-assessment in Language Learning

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