Language Assessment Theories, Diagnostic, And Learning

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Language assessment has been regarded as a junction where language teaching and learning meet. Recently with the advancement of modern language assessment theories, Diagnostic Language Assessment (DLA) has gained momentum in applied linguistics (Lee, 2015). As a sign of such an expanding interest in DLA, The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language is a pioneering text that discusses the theoretical foundations and practical implications of diagnosis of reading in a Second/ Foreign Language (SFL). Introducing the major components of DLA as diagnosis, feedback, and remedial learning Charles Alderson and his colleagues aim to address two fundamental goals of DLA: (a) identifying language learners’ weakness and deficiencies as well as their strength in the selected domain of the target language and (b) providing useful diagnostic feedback and guidance for remedial learning and instruction. In pursuing these goals, the authors urge applied linguists, educational psychologists, psychometricians, teachers, and educators to conceptualize and operationalize diagnostic tests alongside the learning process rather than relying on diagnostic information obtained from non-diagnostic tests.
The book is composed of ten chapters, each structurally organized in two main parts focusing on a specific aspect of diagnosis of reading and providing research examples of available diagnostic tests. Chapter 1 acts as an introduction to the concept of diagnosis and points out to the lack…
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