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Kielitaidon arviointi on ideologisesti latautunutta toimintaa (2023)
Language assessment as ideologically charged activity

Honko, M., & Halonen, M. (2023). Kielitaidon arviointi on ideologisesti latautunutta toimintaa. In A. Pitkänen-Huhta, K. Mård-Miettinen, & T. Nikula (Eds.), Kielikoulutus mukana muutoksessa (pp. 376-400). Suomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys ry. AFinLA-teema, 16. https://doi.org/10.30660/afinla.126052

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All authors or editorsHonko, Mari; Halonen, Mia

Parent publicationKielikoulutus mukana muutoksessa

Parent publication editorsPitkänen-Huhta, Anne; Mård-Miettinen, Karita; Nikula, Tarja


Journal or seriesAFinLA-teema


Publication year2023

Publication date28/11/2023

Number in series16

Pages range376-400

Number of pages in the book400

PublisherSuomen soveltavan kielitieteen yhdistys ry

Place of PublicationJyväskylä

Publication countryFinland

Publication languageFinnish


Persistent website addresshttps://journal.fi/afinla/article/view/126052

Publication open accessOpenly available

Publication channel open accessOpen Access channel

Publication is parallel published (JYX)https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/92176


Language assessment is an activity guided by prevailing language ideologies as well as more general ideas that permeate the entire society. In this chapter, we will examine the ideologies of language proficiency descriptors and assessment, based on the theoretical perspectives of critical language testing (e.g. Lynch 2001; Shohamy 2001). More specifically, we will present some of the key concepts of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR, Council of Europe 2001, 2020a) and assessment based on the framework, especially on test assessment. With the help of concrete examples, we will also show that a deep understanding of the effects of language assessment and the development of assessment require recognition of both its ideology, its origin, and the mechanisms of its effects.

Keywordslanguage skillsevaluationeducational evaluationlanguage testslanguage examinationsideologiesethicalitymultilingualismlanguage teacherscritical thinking

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Reporting Year2023

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