Oral assessments are of vital importance to second language learners, but how can you best test the talk produced in L2 classrooms? Bringing together theory and research within the field of L2 oral proficiency, this book provides a state-of-the art overview of what is at stake in language classrooms and advice on how to approach testing and assessment.
Using data and findings from empirical research to illustrate and discuss key topics, Testing Talk takes you step-by-step through the major concepts and issues in the oral assessment of second languages. Investigating and explaining the most important issues facing both examiners and test-takers, such as the factors which come into play during speaking tests, the differences between common test formats, and the challenge of ensuring equity in assessment, this book offers practical advice on how best to design tests and assess students.
Featuring a glossary of key terms, discussion questions and further reading for each chapter, and a comprehensive companion website hosting a wealth of additional materials, from audio recordings to sample tests, this is the only book you will need in order to understand, design, and assess oral language tests.