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Description - The Art of Non-conversation by Marysia Johnson

The Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) is a widely accepted instrument for assessing second and foreign language ability. It is used by the Foreign Language Institute, the Defense Language Institute, Educational Testing Service, the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, and at many universities in the United States. The Art of Non-Conversation examines the components of speaking ability and asks whether the OPI is a valid instrument for assessing them. Marysia Johnson applies the latest insights from discourse and conversational analysis to determine the nature of the OPI's communicative speech event and investigate its construct validity within Messick's definition of validity. She discusses models of speaking ability-several communicative competence models, an interactional competence model, and a model of spoken interaction based on Vygotsky's sociocultural theory of learning. Finally she proposes a new model to test language proficiency drawn from sociocultural theory, one that considers language ability to be reflective of the sociocultural and institutional contexts in which the language has been acquired.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780300090024
ISBN-10: 0300090021
Format: Paperback
(209mm x 139mm x 17mm)
Pages: 200
Imprint: Yale University Press
Publisher: Yale University Press
Publish Date: 10-Oct-2001
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Marysia Johnson

Marysia Johnson is assistant professor in the department of English, Linguistics/TESL Program, Arizona State University.

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