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An Investigation into the effects of topic and background knowledge of topic on second language speaking performance assessment in language proficiency interviews

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This study explores, from a test validity perspective, the extent to which the two variables of topic and background knowledge of topic have an effect on spoken performance in language proficiency interviews. It is argued that in assessment contexts where topics are randomly assigned to test takers, it is necessary to demonstrate that topics of tasks and the level of background knowledge that test takers brings to these topics do not exert an undue influence on test results. Otherwise, a v...

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Oxford college:
Worcester College
Department:
Social Sciences Division - Educational Studies

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Nahal Khabbazbashi
Publication date:
2013
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
Oxford University, UK
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uuid:359c8956-4561-43a8-a7ae-eba1e0dab51c
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ora:8759

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