Talking and Testing

Discourse approaches to the assessment of oral proficiency

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This book brings together a collection of current research on the assessment of oral proficiency in a second language. Fourteen chapters focus on the use of the language proficiency interview or LPI to assess oral proficiency. The volume addresses the central issue of validity in proficiency assessment: the ways in which the language proficiency interview is accomplished through discourse.

Contributors draw on a variety of discourse perspectives, including the ethnography of speaking, conversation analysis, language socialization theory, sociolinguistic variation theory, human interaction research, and systemic functional linguistics. And for the first time, LPIs conducted in German, Korean, and Spanish are examined as well as interviews in English.

This book sheds light on such important issues as how speaking ability can be defined independently of an LPI that is designed to assess it and the extent to which an LPI is an authentic representation of ordinary conversation in the target language. It will be of considerable interest to language testers, discourse analysts, second language acquisition researchers, foreign language specialists, and anyone concerned with proficiency issues in language teaching and testing.

[Studies in Bilingualism, 14]  1998.  x, 395 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface
Marianne Celce-Murcia
ix
Language Proficiency Interviews: A Discourse Approach
Agnes Weiyun He and Richard Young
1
1. Language Proficiency Interviews and Conversation
Re-analyzing the OPI: How Much Does It Look Like Natural Conversation?
Marysia Johnson and Andrea E. Tyler
27
Evaluating Learner Interactional Skills: Conversation at the Micro Level
Heidi Riggenbach
53
What Happens When There’s No One to Talk to? Spanish Foreign Language Discourse in Simulated Oral Proficiency Interviews
Dale Koike
69
2. Turns and Sequences in Language Proficiency Interviews
Answering Questions in LPIs: A Case Study
Agnes Weiyun He
101
Framing the Language Proficiency Interview as a Speech Event: Native and Non-Native Speaker’s Questions
Carol Lynn Moder and Gene B. Halleck
117
Miscommunication in Language Proficiency Interviews of First-Year German Students: A Comparison with Natural Conversation
Maria M. Egbert
147
Knowledge and Communication in Language Proficiency Interviews
Knowledge Structures in Oral Proficiency Interviews for International Teaching Assistants
Bernard A. Mohan
173
The Use of Communication Strategies in Language Proficiency Interviews
Yumiko Yoshida-Morise
205
Meaning Negociation in the Hungarian Oral Proficiency Examination of English
Lucy Katona
239
3. Language Proficiency Interviews as Cross-Cultural Encounters
Maintaining American Face in the Korean Oral Exam: Reflections on the Power of cross-Cultural Context
Catherine Evans Davies
271
Confirmation Sequences as Intercational Resources in Korean Language Proficiency Interviews
Kyu-hyun Kim and Kyung-hee Suh
297
Divergent Frame Interpretations in Oral Proficiency Interview Interaction
Steven Ross
333
“Let Them Eat Cake!” or how to Avoid Losing Your Head in Cross-Cultural Conversations
Richard Young and Gene B. Halleck
355
Index of Names
383
Index of Topics
391
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BIC Subject: CF – Linguistics
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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