Campus Units

English

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Published Version

Publication Date

2013

Journal or Book Title

The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics

First Page

240

Last Page

244

Abstract

What language testing does is to compel attention to meaning of ideas in linguistics and applied linguistics. Until they are put into operation, described, and explained, ideas remain ambiguous and fugitive. A test forces choice, removes ambiguity, and reveals what has been elusive: thus a test is the most explicit form of description, on the basis of which the tester comes clean about his/ her ideas. (Davies, 1990, p. 2)

These words express what many applied linguists recognize: that language assessment and testing intersects almost all language-related issues that applied linguists study...

Comments

This chapter is published as Chapelle, C.A., & Plakans, L. (2013). Assessment and Testing: Overview. In C.A. Chapelle (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics, (pp. 240-244). Oxford: Blackwell/Wiley. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Wiley

Language

en

File Format

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