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Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices (2nd Edition)

H. Douglas Brown, Priyanvada Abeywickrama

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ISBN 10: 0138149313 / ISBN 13: 9780138149314
Published by Pearson Education ESL, 2010
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Title: Language Assessment: Principles and ...

Publisher: Pearson Education ESL

Publication Date: 2010

Binding: Paperback

Book Condition:New

Edition: 2.

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Language Assessment provides teachers with a clear presentation of the essentials for assessing second language learning fairly and effectively. This updated second edition includes new research and information on standardized tests, a new chapter on form-focused assessment, and a concise glossary of terms.


With a focus on the most common pedagogical challenge — classroom-based assessment —  Language Assessment delivers useful tools for evaluating and designing practical, effective assessment techniques.



  • Updated references and new information reflecting recent advances and current challenges in the field.
  • Classification of assessment techniques ranging from controlled to open-ended item types on a specified continuum of micro- and macroskills of language.
  • Systematic treatment of assessment for all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as grammar and vocabulary.
  • Discussion of large-scale standardized tests, the ethics of testing, letter grading, and overall evaluation of student performance.
  • Comprehensive presentation of alternatives in assessment, such as portfolios, journals, conferences, observations, interviews, and self- or peer-assessment.

 New Features

  • Chapter objectives that preview content and goals
  • A new chapter on form-focused assessment
  • An appendix of commercially available tests
  • A concise glossary of assessment terms

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Dr. H. Douglas Brown, a professor in the MA-TESOL program at San Francisco State University, has written many articles, teacher training books, and textbooks on language pedagogy. A past president of TESOL and recipient of the James A. Alatis Award for Distinguished Service, Dr. Brown has lectured to English language teaching audiences around the world.

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