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Language Testing: April 2014
The new feature on multiple choice items has been the most read since the I started doing these back in 2009. I can only assume that writing multiple choice items is still a strong feature of most language testing courses, and a high-demand skill for teachers. New for this month is Issue #17 of Language Testing Bytes, in which I talk to Ryo Nitta and Fumiyo Nakatsuhara about their research on the provision of pre-task planning in paired speaking tests.


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Awards: Submissions for the Caroline Clapham IELTS Masters Award 2014 should be submitted by 30th June.
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Coming Soon: The next podcast will be released some time in August 2014, and will feature Folkert Kuiken and Ineke Vedder on rater behaviour in performance testing.


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Click on the 'Features' link to see selected topics that have previously appeared in the features slot. These are changed up to four times a year, providing short pieces on subjects of interest to students of language testing and assessment.


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The website has a number of free Information Alert Services that are designed to help you keep up to date with what is going on in the world of language testing & assessment. These services use webslicing, which is a web feature introduced with Internet Explorer 8. Information on how webslicing works is available on the site's technical page. When you subscribe to a webslice a tab is placed on the favourites bar of Internet Explorer and you are alerted whenever the information is updated. You can currently subscribe to any of the following services:

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Official site of the International English Language Testing System.

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Cambridge ESOL: Studies in Language Testing
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Testing and assessment is serious because it can affect the lives of test takers, institutions, and society. But like all human and social activities, there is a humorous side as well. So after all the heavy stuff in the rest of this website, you may enjoy looking at testing in a rather different way, in the humour page, where you'll find video, audio, cartoons and other fun stuff related to testing and assessment.


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Two years after Washington state largely ditched the No Child Left Behind Act, the much-maligned federal education law will be in full effect there yet again for the coming scho...

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The code crackers
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Großbritannien akzeptiert keine TOEFL-, TOEIC-Tests mehr für Visa
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The Answer-Driven Culture
23 April, 2014
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New York Standardized Tests Mention Nike, Barbie, and Other Brand Names - ProCon.org
23 April, 2014

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New York Standardized Tests Mention Nike, Barbie, and Other Brand Names
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Bring on PARCC - Baltimore Sun
23 April, 2014

Bring on PARCC
Baltimore Sun
Maryland State Department of Education will be field testing the new PARCC assessments test for elementary school next week. One class in every school...


GOP immigration unity at rally - The Capitol Fax Blog (blog)
23 April, 2014

GOP immigration unity at rally
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Hope you got your Spanish to English dictionary out for the TV coverage of Sanguinetti. - Oswego Willy - Wednesday, Apr ...


Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test - The Local.es
23 April, 2014

Want citizenship? Take the Spanish culture test
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Immigrants to Spain will have to sit standardized online language and culture tests before being granted citizenship, ...


 
     
 
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