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Measuring Across Languages and in Multiple Languages (2021)

Alanen, R., & Huhta, A. (2021). Measuring Across Languages and in Multiple Languages. In P. Winke, & T. Brunfaut (Eds.), The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing (pp. 349-358). Routledge. https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351034784-37

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Publication details

All authors or editors: Alanen, Riikka; Huhta, Ari

Parent publication: The Routledge Handbook of Second Language Acquisition and Language Testing

Parent publication editors: Winke, Paula; Brunfaut, Tineke

ISBN: 978-1-138-49068-0

eISBN: 978-1-351-03478-4

Publication year: 2021

Pages range: 349-358

Number of pages in the book: 542

Publisher: Routledge

Place of Publication: New York

Publication country: United States

Publication language: English

DOI: https://doi.org/10.4324/9781351034784-37

Publication open access: Not open

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Language testing researchers and SLA researchers share an interest in finding the most reliable and valid ways to model language development, even though the goals and methods, as well as the conceptualization of the issues involved, are somewhat different across the two fields. This chapter discusses the use of language proficiency tests and scales for multiple languages and critically examines them in light of what is known about the use and development of languages in general from an SLA research perspective. It showcases currently existing language test systems that use a common scale and other assessment instruments for multiple languages, discussing some of the major challenges and issues in developing such cross-language testing systems and what those challenges and issues mean for SLA researchers who use the tests.

Keywords: second language; language skills; language acquisition; language tests; comparative research

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Ministry reporting: Yes

Reporting Year: 2021

JUFO rating: 3

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