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A focus on language test development: Expanding the language proficiency construct across a variety of tests
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This volume presents eight research studies which introduce a variety of novel, non-traditional forms of second and foreign language assessment. To the extent possible, the studies also show the entire test development process, warts and all. These language testing projects not only demonstrate many of the types of problems that test developers run into in the real world but also afford the reader unique insights into the language test development process.

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Developing Korean language performance assessments
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This Research Note reports on a task-based performance assessment development project for Korean as a foreign language through the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai`i. It contains an overview of college-level Korean language teaching and testing in the United States as well as an introduction to task-based performance assessment in general and the design of performance assessment tasks using test and item specifications in particular. Questionnaire forms used and prototype tasks developed in English and Korean are presented in the appendices.

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Manual for the Vietnamese elicited imitation test (manual plus 2 audio CDs)
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Research on second languages —especially English, Spanish, and Japanese— demonstrates that elicited imitation can be a reliable and valid measure of general competence, while also possibly serving as an instrument for linguistically-oriented second language acquisition research. This test of Vietnamese consists of two parallel forms, each with forty-eight sentences of standard Northern Vietnamese. Even though these represent normal statements and expressions, some of them may be difficult to recall in their entirety. Performance on the test is scored on a scale of accuracy for each item.

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