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The context of the project language testing in russia

Carolyn Westbrook

Southampton Solent University

THE CONTEXT OF THE PROJECT – Language Testing in Russia

PROSET: A step forward in testing and assessment for Russian teachers of English

Library of Foreign Literature, Moscow

17 September 2013


Outline

  • Construct validity - what are we assessing?

  • Test validation - quality control in language assessment

  • The context of the ProSET project

  • Key project milestones

    • Language testing and assessment training – Luton, UK

    • Development of modules

    • Piloting

    • Monitoring visits


Construct validity – what are we assessing?

German listening test - what are we testing here?

Listen to two people talking about their pets and match the words from the text to the definitions:

1. Katze a. dog

2. Hund b. mouse

3. Kaninchen c. cat

4. Maus d. rabbit


Construct validity – what are we assessing?

  • English reading test - what are we testing here?

  • Read the text and answer the questions below in full sentences using your own words.

  • 1. According to the report, what other role have public relations firms taken on?


Construct validity – what are we assessing?

  • The moral of the story …

  • Think very carefully about the purpose of your test:

    • What do you want to find out?

    • Which skills do you want to test?

    • How are you going to test them?

    • Are the tasks going to provide the information you need?


Test validation – quality control in language assessment

Validation aims to achieve “explanation and understanding. Therefore, the profession is coming around to the view that all validation is construct validation”. (Cronbach, 1984: 126, in Messick, 1989: 19).


Test validation – quality control in language assessment

Threats to construct validity:

Construct underrepresentation: the test “fails to include important dimensions or facets of the construct”

Construct irrelevance:the test is irrelevantly difficult or easy.

(Messick, 1989: 34)


Test validation – quality control in language assessment

Who?

Why?

What?

Test design: test specifications

How many?

How long?

How will it be answered?

Test taker characteristics

Test purpose / abilities / characteristics

Test tasks / types of items

How will it be scored?

Number of items and tasks

Length of test

Response type

Scoring criteria


Context of the project

  • High quality language teaching

  • Background in language assessment

  • Move to EGE

  • Need for understanding of theoretical principles of testing



The future for language testing in Russia

  • Language testing and assessment and ECTS modules published

  • Regional PDCs to train both pre- and in-service teachers

    • for long-term sustainability

    • Improved knowledge and understanding of theoretical language testing



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