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ARE WE TESTING WHAT WE WANT TO TEST?. Carole Thomas Bilkent University, Turkey. The Focus of this Talk. The specification of the COPE. To introduce the COPE examination. Lessons learnt from the specification. Some Observations. The COPE Exam. LISTENING30 items. LANGUAGE35 items.

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ARE WE TESTING WHAT WE WANT TO TEST?

Carole Thomas

Bilkent University, Turkey


The Focus of this Talk

The specification of the COPE

To introduce the COPE examination

Lessons learnt from the specification

Some Observations


The COPE Exam

LISTENING30 items

LANGUAGE35 items

READING35 items

WRITING1 essay 350 words

SPEAKING paired interview 12 mins


The COPE Linking Project

SPECIFICATION

FAMILIARISATION

STANDARDISATION

EMPIRICAL VALIDATION


The Reading Paper


The Reading Construct

This involves employing reading strategies as well as grammatical, lexical and discoursal knowledge.

Reading is the skill of extracting directly stated and/or inferred information from a written text.

The underlying strategies and competencies required for the reading paper are as defined in the BUSEL syllabus.


Weir’s Framework (Overview)


Weir’s Framework (Context V.)


Weir’s Framework (Theory-b. V.)


Weir’s Framework (Scoring V.)


The Reading Specification 1


The Reading Specification 2


Observations

Understanding the specification process is as important as being familiar with the CEFR

Specification is VITAL to the integrity of the test

Without a systematic specification we cannot even begin the linking process

For us the combination of the CEFR and Weir’s framework was an appropriate solution


Contact

Carole Thomas

[email protected]

Bilkent University School of English Language

http://www.bilkent.edu.tr/~busel/


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