Several NExLA members, along with a number of other contributors, have just published a noteworthy contribution to applied linguistics in general, and language assessment in particular. In Assessing academic literacy in a multilingual society: Transition and transformation, which has just appeared from Multilingual Matters, they attempt to answer the question of how, as designers of language interventions, they respond to the challenges of education in an environment that is in transition, and in many respects unprepared for change.
Standardised tests of academic literacy are a good indicator of first-year academic performance, according to Dr. Kabelo Sebolai, Deputy Director of the Language Centre at Stellenbosch University. At least for Stellenbosch University, results show that the performance standards set for the standardised test of academic literacy associate positively with first-year academic performance, while the scores on the levels of performance set for the school-leaving English examination do not. Continue reading “Pre-university test of academic literacy vs. English language matric results: which is the better predictor of academic success?”
Nadat NExLA-lede die ILTA Code of Ethics vertaal het, sit hy nou daar heel eerste op die ILTA blad van vertalings daarvan: ILTA Code of Ethics translations.Continue reading “ILTA Etiese Kode in Afrikaans gepubliseer”
AUTHOR: Kabelo Sebolai
Validity is probably the most crucial of all concepts that govern all kinds of measurement. This is more so the case in educational and psychological testing where high stakes decisions often need to be taken about individuals and institutions. From the time it saw the light of day, however, the concept of validity has been a source of inconclusive contestation. Continue reading “Two schools of thought on test validity”
For language empowerment to take place in diverse environments, policy, planning, instruction and assessment all need to be aligned. Several NExLA members were recently involved in highlighting how language testing can contribute to achieving this harmony. The occasion? A workshop hosted by the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment (ULFE) of the University of the Free State, with the theme of language diversity in educational settings.
At the upcoming LTRC 2018 in Auckland, several NExLA members will be involved in one of six symposia featuring top scholars from around the world. Join us in Session 2 on the first day if you’re there! Continue reading “Transformation and transition: four perspectives from the south on academic literacy assessment in times of change”
Tineke Brunfaut, coordinator of a project of the International Language Testing Association (ILTA; http://www.iltaonline.com/) that aims to have the ILTA Code of ethics translated into more languages, has approached us to have it translated into Afrikaans. As its name says, the ILTA Code of Ethics is a set of principles that serves to guide good professional conduct in language testing and assessment. The Code has so far been translated into seven languages apart from English, and we are privileged to be able to assist in this. Continue reading “ILTA Code of Ethics to be translated into Afrikaans”
Participants at a symposium on pre- and post-admission language assessment at the CLASA 2017 conference have agreed to establish a Network of Expertise in Language Assessment.
Its main aim is to promote and develop the field of language testing. Primarily intended to bring together expertise in this field in South Africa, the Network nonetheless will include voluntary participation from other regions or continents. Continue reading “Network of Expertise in Language Assessment (NExLA) established”