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Empirical Investigation of the Componentiality of L2 Reading in English for Academic Purposes

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Empirical Investigation of the Componentiality of L2 Reading in English for Academic Purposes

Studies in Language Testing 12

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An Empirical Investigation of the Componentiality of L2 Reading in English for Academic Purposes: Studies in Language Testing 12 by Cyril J. Weir
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The focus on careful reading in theoretical literature has meant that we have somewhat ignored reading behaviours such as skimming, scanning and search reading in the teaching and testing of reading. These theories do not explain how readers process texts quickly and selectively. The development of the Advanced English Reading Test (AERT) for university students in the People's Republic of China under the auspices of the National College English Test Committee was the vehicle for investigating the nature of and the relationships between skimming, scanning, search reading and careful reading. This volume reports on the methodological procedures that led to the development of this important test and discusses the results of the empirical investigations that were carried out to establish its validity. As such it offers a blueprint of reading assessment for those wishing to research in the area.

Table of Contents

1. Introduction; 2. Establishing the parameters of EAP reading; 3. Synthesising the a priori validation; 4. Operationalising the specification: test development; 5. The a posteriori validation of the prototype AERT-version 1; 6. The a posteriori validation of the prototype AERT-version 1: qualitative studies; 7. Conclusions and recommendations.
Release date NZ
December 7th, 2000
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Illustrations
Illustrations
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
288
Dimensions
157x237x25
ISBN-13
9780521652995
Product ID
2072943

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