International Journal of English Language Education
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Evaluation of Language Testing: An Applied Linguistic Perspective
1. Sadeq Ali Saad Al-Yaari (Corresponding author) ; 2. Fayza Saleh Al Hammadi; 3. Salah Ayied Alyami
1. Independent Researcher, Dept. of English, College of Arts, King Saud University (KSU) Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 2. Associate prof., Dept. of English, College of Arts, King Faisal University, Al-Hassa Kingdom of Saudi Arabia; 3. Assistant professor, Dept. of English, Dammam College of Technology, Dammam University Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
Background: Over the past few years, researchers started to pay great attention to studies on
language testing to improve the methodologies of administering, constructing and evaluating
Aims: The present study aims at providing a new perspective as it contributes a new method
based on scientific analysis that does not only diagnose the phenomenon, but also provides
solutions and suggestions.
Methods: The study was conducted at the Departments of English both in the College of
Education and College of Arts & Linguistics, Thamar University, Yemen. Ten (10) final term
tests administered by ten instructors within two colleges were evaluated. The tests were given
to freshmen students to test their productive, receptive skills, as well as their language
Conclusions: Results show that some tests lack validity, practicality, reliability, discrimination, accountability, and wash back effect. Findings also show that instructors'
rubrics were neither clear nor brief. Questions also involved orthographic as well as
grammatical mistakes. Finally, in comparison with instructors of College of Education,
instructors of College of Arts are found to be better in administering tests.
Language Testing, Evaluation, Assessment, Errors, Applied Linguistics
Date Deposited : 25 Apr 2014 15:07
Official URL: http://www.macrothink.org/journal/index.php/ijele/article/view/3059/2604
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Volume 1, Number 2, - 2013 , ISSN 2325-0887
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