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Assessment in a globalized economy: A task-based approach to assess the proficiency of Dutch in specific occupational domains


Smirnow, Sarah; Maes, Christina; Luyten, Lucia; Verheyen, Steven (2017). Assessment in a globalized economy: A task-based approach to assess the proficiency of Dutch in specific occupational domains. In: ALTE 6th International Conference - Learning and Assessment: Making the Connections, Bologna, 3 May 2017 - 5 May 2017.

Abstract

For language tests to be in tune with the target context, a constant attention to the shifting characteristics of real-world language use is required. This holds particularly true for language tests in the occupational domain since domestic labor market demands are continuously changing and increasingly met through the recruitment of foreign workers. This paper describes how subject experts were involved in the cyclical validation process of a test of Dutch for the professional domain. A survey of recruitment agents, employers, policy makers, language instructors, examiners, and former test takers indicated that a task-based test targeting the language skills involved in service-oriented work settings such as administration and health care at level B2 of the CEFR was favored. The involvement of subject specialists recruited among the test’s various stakeholders proved to be of vital importance throughout the development and validation process to ensure content validity and avoid biases.

Abstract

For language tests to be in tune with the target context, a constant attention to the shifting characteristics of real-world language use is required. This holds particularly true for language tests in the occupational domain since domestic labor market demands are continuously changing and increasingly met through the recruitment of foreign workers. This paper describes how subject experts were involved in the cyclical validation process of a test of Dutch for the professional domain. A survey of recruitment agents, employers, policy makers, language instructors, examiners, and former test takers indicated that a task-based test targeting the language skills involved in service-oriented work settings such as administration and health care at level B2 of the CEFR was favored. The involvement of subject specialists recruited among the test’s various stakeholders proved to be of vital importance throughout the development and validation process to ensure content validity and avoid biases.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:06 Faculty of Arts > Institute of Educational Evaluation
Dewey Decimal Classification:370 Education
Language:English
Event End Date:5 May 2017
Deposited On:12 Jan 2018 10:15
Last Modified:19 Mar 2018 09:49
Publisher:Association of Language Testers in Europe
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Official URL. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://events.cambridgeenglish.org/alte2017-test/perch/resources/alte-2017-proceedings-final.pdf

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