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Testing the Untestable in Language Education Edited by: Amos Paran, Lies Sercu

Paperback - 280 pages
07 Jun 2010
Multilingual Matters
210 x 148 (A5)


This book investigates the intersections between language learning and language assessment, and four specific areas within language learning: learner autonomy, intercultural competence, literature and literary competence, and the integration of content and language learning. The book is a valuable addition to the literature on what are seemingly untestable and unassessable facets of foreign language competence.


The title of this book is well chosen. Despite the apparent oxymoron, this collection of papers succeeds in addressing important issues of educational policy and theory with the precision born of empirical work combined with discussion of principles. This book will open new options for testers, for teachers and for those who make policy decisions.
Michael Byram, School of Education, University of Durham, UK

The book brings together double sets of constructs which represent in their own right whole areas of academic investigation. Each section provides both theoretical underpinning and empirical studies which in turn offer a wide array of pedagogical initiatives and alleyways to explore. As such, it makes a very valuable contribution to the understanding of each dimension while providing pragmatic guidelines for practitioners interested in rising to the challenge of developing meaningful testing procedures.
Christine Penman, School of Marketing, Tourism & Languages, Edinburgh Napier University, UK in Language and Intercultural Communication
Vol. 12, No. 4, November 2012, 388-390

Author Biography:

Amos Paran is Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Education, University of London, where he is Programme Leader of the MA TESOL. He has a special interest in masterís level teaching by distance learning, and has also been involved in testing projects in a variety of different languages. His main research interests are reading in a foreign language, literature in language teaching, and distance education.; Lies Sercu is an Associate Professor of Linguistics at the University of Leuven. Her research interests concern the promotion of intercultural competence through foreign language education as well as SLA vocabulary acquisition from reading and writing texts in a foreign language. She has been involved in the development of language tests and blended learning environments for the professionalisation of language teachers. She has widely published in major international journals on intercultural competence and foreign vocabulary acquisition.

Readership Level:

Postgraduate Research / Professional

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