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Title: Assessing language varieties
Authors: Pan, M
Qian, D 
Keywords: Assessment evaluation
Lingua franca
World Englishes
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: Wiley Blackwell
Source: In AJ Kunnan (Ed.), The companion to language assessment, p. 265-282. Hoboken, New Jersey: Wiley Blackwell, 2013 How to cite?
Abstract: It is controversial whether the existing varieties of a language should be taken into consideration in designing a test of the language. This chapter first conceptualizes language varieties in the context of World Englishes, then it considers whether the norms in language assessment should be exonormative or endonormative. A few established English tests are reviewed with a view to pinpointing that test validity and fairness might possibly be jeopardized if one does not consider language varieties. Tests of Spanish, Chinese, and Portuguese are also used as illustrations of other language varieties. Integrating the perspectives of pragmatic competence, sociolinguistic contexts, stages of language learning, and principles of language assessment, the authors propose a model for incorporating important features of language varieties into test construction and validation on the basis of test purposes, test construct, test use, test stakes, and test-taker variables.
ISBN: 9781118411360 (electronic bk.)
047065533X (hardback)
9780470655337 (hardback)
DOI: 10.1002/9781118411360.wbcla119
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