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Designing second language performance assessments
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This technical report focuses on the decision-making potential provided by second language performance assessments. The authors first situate performance assessment within a broader discussion of alternatives in language assessment and in educational assessment in general. They then discuss issues in performance assessment design, implementation, reliability, and validity. Finally, they present a prototype framework for second language performance assessment based on the integration of theoretical underpinnings and research findings from the task-based language teaching literature, the language testing literature, and the educational measurement literature. The authors outline test and item specifications, and they present numerous examples of prototypical language tasks. They also propose a research agenda focusing on the operationalization of second language performance assessments.

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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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Developing prototypic measures of cross-cultural pragmatics
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Although the study of cross-cultural pragmatics has gained importance in applied linguistics, there are no standard forms of assessment that might make research comparable across studies and languages. The present volume describes the process through which six forms of cross-cultural assessment were developed for second language learners of English. The models may be used for second language learners of other languages. The six forms of assessment involve two forms each of indirect discourse completion tests, oral language production, and self-assessment. The procedures involve the assessment of requests, apologies, and refusals.

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