Testing the Spoken English of Young Norwegians
A Study of Testing Validity and the Role of 'Smallwords' in Contributing to Pupils' Fluency
By (author) Angela Hasselgreen
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Testing the Spoken English of Young Norwegians by Angela Hasselgreen
Book DescriptionThis book reports on a two-part study: the validation of a test of spoken English for Norwegian secondary school pupils and the corpus-based investigation of the role played by 'smallwords', such as 'well', 'sort of', and 'you know', in bringing about fluency. The first study builds on the Messickian six central aspects of construct validity to produce a practical framework for test validation. It identifies potential sources of invalidity in the test being examined particularly relating to 'fluency'. The second study sets about to explore the concept of fluency, and to expose the extent to which it is acknowledged in the literature to be associated with smallwords, albeit under other names. The findings from the corpus study are drawn on to propose new elements to include in descriptors of fluency, and the implications of the study for classroom practices are discussed.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521836135
(235mm x 159mm x 28mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 24-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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This book reports on a two-part study: the validation of a test of spoken English for Norwegian secondary school pupils and the corpus-based investigation of the role played by 'smallwords'.
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