Campus Units

English

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Version

Accepted Manuscript

Publication Date

11-27-2018

Journal or Book Title

Second Handbook of English Language Teaching. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Gao X. (eds)

DOI

10.1007/978-3-319-58542-0_25-1

Abstract

In higher education, standardized academic language proficiency test scores are often used for multiple purposes, including admissions of international students to degree programs and identification of students’ post-entry language support needs. In this chapter, issues surrounding the use of high-stakes standardized academic language proficiency tests for making decisions about international English as a second language (ESL) students are explored. Specifically, (a) stakeholders’ views and knowledge about standardized academic language proficiency tests, (b) predictive validity of standardized academic language proficiency tests for academic success, (c) the use of standardized language test scores for placement into language support courses, and (d) the use of locally developed tests for placement into language support courses rather than standardized tests are discussed. Based on the discussion, suggestions for the appropriate use of standardized language test scores for making admissions and placement decisions are provided.

Comments

This accepted book chapter is published as Ockey G.J., Gokturk N. (2019) Standardized Language Proficiency Tests in Higher Education. In: Gao X. (eds) Second Handbook of English Language Teaching. Springer International Handbooks of Education. Springer, Cham. Doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-58542-0_25-1. Posted with permission.

Copyright Owner

Springer Nature Switzerland AG

Language

en

File Format

application/pdf

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