About this Research Topic
Language assessment speciality has grown in sophistication and scope in the past four decades.
The hallmark of the new era in the field is the development of new theoretical constructs along with novel approaches to assessment, the application of modern technologies, and the emergence of interdisciplinary research in the field.
The significance of interdisciplinary approaches to assess writing and speaking via computer-mediated methods and integrative language skills has been recognized and ongoing research is addressing socio-cognitive demands concerning the different uses of language. In addition, the validity of the use and interpretation of test scores in assessments is still one of the central issues in language assessment. There has been an unprecedented demand for innovation in validation methods.
This Research Topic stands as a response to these needs:
It aims to provide a comprehensive review of the contemporary trends in language assessment and suggest novel approaches for the future development of the field. It will further include empirical studies addressing one of the main topics of interest as follows:
1. Assessing reading and listening comprehension skills
2. Assessing speaking and writing skills
3. Assessing integrative language skills
4. Assessing language for specific or academic purposes
5. Assessing language interpretation and/or translation skills
6. Assessing sign languages
7. Application of modern technologies (e.g., neuroimaging and eye tracking) and computer-mediated assessment methods
8. Application of quantitative methods including, but not limited to, item response theory, multivariate techniques, and Rasch measurement
9. In-class assessments
10. Rater effects in performance assessment
11. Validity and validation
12. Further topics related to language assessment
We require authors to submit their abstracts before submitting their manuscripts. Multiple article types are expected to be included in this collection.
Keywords: Assessing comprehension, Verbal production assessment, Quantitative methods, Interpretation assessment, Assessing Integrative Language skills
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