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By Elke Van Steendam, Marion. Tillema

ISBN-10: 1781902674

ISBN-13: 9781781902677

This quantity presents a cutting-edge evaluate of idea, method and practices within the overview of writing. the point of interest during the publication is at the build of writing and its review: what constitutes writing skill and the way can or not it's outlined (in quite a few contexts)? this question can't be responded with out having a look into the methodological query of the way to validate and degree the build of writing skill. through the booklet, hence, discussions combine theoretical and methodological concerns. a couple of chapters discusses even if various definitions and ranging operationalizations of writing skill are wanted in a number of contexts, reminiscent of formative exams as opposed to summative exams, huge scale exams as opposed to person checks, varied projects, varied genres, and diversified languages, but additionally various age teams. more than a few score equipment is investigated and mentioned during this publication. the continuing debate on holistic as opposed to analytic rankings, and the various underlying conceptions of writing skillability, is a pertinent subject, on which a few chapters during this quantity shed new mild. the problem is mentioned and analyzed from a number of angles, similar to generalizability of decisions and usefulness in formative contexts. one other primary debate issues desktop scoring of written items. A nuanced dialogue of its validity is gifted during this quantity.

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However, the estimated variance components from the G-study can also be used to estimate generalizability in differently designed studies, that is with different number of tasks and/or raters (D-study). 2, we report the expected generalizabilities for studies up to four writing tasks, all rated by one, two or three raters (nested within task). The results show that adding tasks to the assessment is more beneficial for the generalizability than adding raters. 288. This means that the raters generally agree with each other and adding a rater hardly or just moderately increases the generalizability.

2, showing that a second rater generally increases the generalizability, but a third rater has only little added value. Using multiple tasks in the assessment seems inevitable to reach an acceptable level of generalizability. In the assessment of EFL writing proficiency the increase in generalizability starts to top-off after the third or fourth task, whereas for the Dutch (L1) assessment one can still expect an increase given the curves of the lines. 80. e. rater nested within task), the ultimate mean score for writing is not dependent on just two (or three) raters, but two or three raters for each task.

ChalhoubDeville (2003) takes this interactionalist view even further by postulating that language proficiency is an ‘ability-in-individual-in-context’, which makes the construct dependent on the context. Chalhoub-Deville’s view concurs with the task-by-person interactions we (and others) found. In this view, the differences across tasks or contexts are not necessarily ‘measurement error’, but may be indicative of the changes in the construct in different contexts. The research agenda then should be to zoom in on these contexts and maybe to try to come up with new and narrower definitions of the target language use and the domain to which we want and hopefully can generalize certain language or writing performances (cf.

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