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Practical Language Testing


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Table of Contents

1. Testing and assessment in context
2. Standardised testing
3. Classroom assessment
4. Deciding what to test
5. Designing test specifications
6. Evaluating, prototyping and piloting
7. Scoring language tests
8. Aligning tests to standards
9. Test administration
10. Testing and teaching

About the Author

Glenn Fulcher is Senior Lecturer in Education (TESOL), University of Leicester, UK


'I enjoyed reading this book and found it very stimulating. It has a wealth of interesting ideas from a whole range of sources within the language testing literature and beyond. It reflects current thinking about the nature of language assessment and engages with the problem areas that we all have to grapple with....A strong feature of the book is the Activities section at the end of each chapter. Many of these are...really well-conceived tasks based on interesting stimulus material that encourage readers to explore further and apply the ideas presented in the chapter'.

John Read, University of Auckland, New Zealand

'Practical Language Testing offers an overview of the field of language assessment and provides instructions and guidelines for creating language tests that readers will likely find readable and useful....[T]he numerous examples from global contexts, the links to online resources and websites, and the extensive coverage of language testing theories make the text ideal for a range of language assessment classrooms in diverse contexts'.
Linguistics and Education 23

'an integral contribution to fostering language assessment literacy.... this book deserves high recommendation to the international language testing community'

Language Assessment Quarterly

'The presentation and discussion of material within this volume not only represents current trends in testing and assessment, but also invites both application and critique in a manner that will be of interest to a broad audience including students, teachers and seasoned language testers....Fulcher's balance of the technical and interpretive illustrates the potential and the challenges of language testing.'

Studies in Second Language Acquisition 33:04

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