Revisiting the Assessment of Second Language Abilities: From Theory to Practice

  • Sahbi Hidri

Part of the Second Language Learning and Teaching book series (SLLT)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Assessing Speaking

  3. Assessing Writing

  4. Assessing English for Specific Purposes

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 153-153
  5. Assessing Translation and Literature

  6. Assessing Reading, Vocabulary and Grammar

  7. Assessment Literacy and Test Fairness

  8. Standard Exams and Test-Taking Strategies

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 413-413
  9. Alternative Forms of Assessment

About this book


This book presents an overview of revisiting the assessment of language abilities. It also showcases how the measurement of such constructs can result in negative or positive washback and how outcomes might be conducive to repercussions that decide on the future of many stakeholders. The 23 chapters were selected among tens of chapters received from different contexts that addressed the issue of revisiting the assessment of language abilities, such as Tunisia, Ukraine, Algeria, Russia, KSA, Sudan, Egypt, Canada, Kurdistan, UK, USA, Iran, Turkey, etc. These contexts have highlighted the necessity to revisit the different constructs which should be assessed with a clear and straightforward foundation on students’ learning objectives and their actual language ability. To do so, most of the chapters present hands-on use of relevant statistical tests that might serve in revisiting the construct definition both theoretically and operationally. Perhaps the sole and intricate question that the authors of these contributions ask is what it means to revisit the assessment of the construct of individualized language ability and how. In addition, the book accentuates the momentousness and significance of reflecting on test fairness and validation as the mainspring and backbone for democratization of assessment. This book appeals to a broad readership, such as English Language Teaching (ELT) practitioners, language teachers, students, testing organizations, policy-makers, test designers, writers of test specifications, testing experts, researchers, program evaluators, especially in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) as well as other international contexts.


Second Language Skills Assessment Second Language Testing Foreign language proficiency test measuring linguistic competence Second language Performance Language constructs Language Skills Teaching second language Learning foreign language EFL examination

Editors and affiliations

  • Sahbi Hidri
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of EnglishFaculty of Human and Social Sciences of TunisTunisTunisia

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2018
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Education Education (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-62883-7
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-62884-4
  • Series Print ISSN 2193-7648
  • Series Online ISSN 2193-7656
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