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Testing L2 talk: A review of empirical studies on second language oral proficiency testing
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-7286-1577
Karlstad University, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (starting 2013), Department of Language, Literature and Intercultural Studies.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-0511-4624
Uppsala universitet, Institutionen för nordiska språk.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3935-0644
2016 (English)In: Language and Linguistics Compass, ISSN 1749-818X, E-ISSN 1749-818X, Vol. 10, no 1, p. 14-29Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

In this review article, empirical studies published from 2004 through 2014 on second-language (L2) oralproficiency testing are analyzed, with a specific focus on discourse and social interaction in such tests.Taking three common test setups, oral proficiency interviews (OPIs), paired peer tests, and group peertests as an organizing principle for the studies examined, recent developments in L2 oral proficiencytesting research are situated, reviewed, and discussed, with a particular focus on tests conducted in face-to-face contexts. Findings from the review of selected journals, databases, monographs, and edited collec-tions indicate (1) a prevalence of studies of the OPI format, but a growing research base on paired andgroup tests, (2) an absence of oral test studies in discourse journals, and (3) an emphasis on assessment,validation, and rater perspectives, as opposed to detailed analyses of interaction in L2 tests.

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Wiley-Blackwell, 2016. Vol. 10, no 1, p. 14-29
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assessment, L2, ESL, EFL, interaction, conversation analysis, testing, oral proficiency, OPI
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kau:diva-39027DOI: 10.1111/lnc3.12174ISI: 000368022300002OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kau-39027DiVA, id: diva2:893538
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Swedish Research Council, 2012-4129
Available from: 2016-01-12 Created: 2016-01-12 Last updated: 2018-01-10Bibliographically approved

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