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- DescriptionGiven the linguistically diverse nature of academic institutions in English-speaking contexts, a strong rationale exists for the incorporation of L2 accents of English in academic listening assessment on the grounds of authenticity and construct representation. However large-scale tests have tended to feature only native-speaker varieties in listening test input owing to concerns about the intelligibility of L2 accents, construct validity and acceptability. This book presents a mixed-methods study designed to address these concerns. Versions of the University Test of English as a Second Language (UTESL) featuring Australian English, Japanese and Mandarin Chinese accented speakers were used to explore the potential for a shared-L1 or familiarity advantage, and to investigate test-takers' attitudes towards L2 accents on a listening test. Implications are drawn for test development and for future research.
- Author BiographyLuke Harding is a lecturer in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Lancaster University. His research interests are primarily in language testing, particularly listening assessment, pronunciation assessment, specific purposes language testing, and assessor decision-making.
- Author(s)Luke Harding
- PublisherPeter Lang GmbH
- Date of Publication29/04/2011
- SubjectEducation & Teaching
- Series TitleLanguage Testing and Evaluation
- Series Part/Volume Number21
- Place of PublicationFrankfurt am Main
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintPeter Lang GmbH
- Content Note99, tables and graphs
- Weight480 g
- Width148 mm
- Height210 mm
- Edition Statement1st New edition
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