Bibliography of language assessment

promo2NExLA brings together South Africa’s growing corps of well-connected and widely recognised experts on language assessment. The country has the advantage of twelve official languages, which compels us to design language courses and tests to assist people in coping in a multilingual environment, with English as the dominant language of politics, international business, and academia. South Africa is an ideal laboratory to examine critically the theoretical justifications of different language interventions and paradigms, but we do not wish to do so in isolation.

NExLA’s aim is to further expand our international connections.

Below are some of the most prominent completed work we have at present. We have also started to include work by NExLA’s international members. If you know about other studies not listed here, please inform us, and do notify the webmaster immediately if you encounter a broken link.

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2017

fulltext_open_medium Du Plessis, Colleen. 2017.  Developing a theoretical rationale for the attainment of greater equivalence of standard in the Grade 12 Home Language exit-level examinations. PhD thesis, University of the Free State URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11660/6421.

fulltext_restricted_medium Fouche, Ilse,  Van Dyk, Tobie & Butler, Gustav. 2017. An “enlightening course that empowers first years”? A holistic assessment of the impact of a first-year academic literacy course. Journal of English for Academic Purposes 27, 14-30.  DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jeap.2017.02.006.

fulltext_open_medium Gruhn, Sophie & Weideman, Albert. 2017.  The initial validation of a Test of Emergent Literacy (TEL). Per Linguam 33(1):25-53. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5785/33-1-698.

fulltext_open_medium Myburgh-Smit, Jo-Mari & Weideman, Albert. 2017. Refinement and uses of a test of academic literacy for Grade 10 students. Journal for Language Teaching, 51(1): 271-295. 25.

fulltext_restricted_medium Scholtz, Desireé . 2017. The appropriateness of standardised tests in academic literacy for diploma programmes of study. Language Matters, 48(1): 27-47. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10228195.2016.1271350.

FORTHCOMINGSteyn, Sanet & Weideman, Albert. 2017.  Compiling an academic word list for Afrikaans = Die samestelling van ‘n akademiese woordelys vir Afrikaans. [In preparation.]

FORTHCOMINGSteyn, Sanet & Weideman, Albert. 2017.  The design, development and refinement of a Test of Early Academic Literacy (TEAL). [In preparation.]

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert. 2017. Does responsibility encompass ethicality and accountability in language assessment? Language & Communication, pp. 1-9.  DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.langcom.2016.12.004.

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert. 2017. The refinement of the idea of consequential validity within an alternative framework for responsible test design. Chapter 12 in J. Allan & A.J. Artiles (eds.) 2017. Assessment inequalities: Routledge World Yearbook of Education. London: Routledge, p. 218-236. DOI: 10.4324/9781315517377.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert, Du Plessis, Colleen & Steyn, Sanet.  2017. Diversity, variation and fairness: Equivalence in national level language assessments.  Literator; 38(1): 9p. DOI: 10.4102/lit.v38i1.1319


2016

fulltext_restricted_medium Du Plessis, Colleen. 2016. Inferences from the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS).  Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies.  DOI: 10.2989/16073614.2015.1108206.

fulltext_open_medium Du Plessis, Colleen, Steyn, Sanet & Weideman, Albert. 2016. Die assessering van huistale in die Suid-Afrikaanse Nasionale Seniorsertifikaateksamen: die strewe na regverdigheid en groter geloofwaardigheid. LitNet Akademies 13(1): 425-443.

fulltext_open_medium Fouché, Ilse. 2016. Assessing the impact of academic literacy interventions in higher education: an evaluation design. PhD thesis, North-West University, Potchefstroom.

fulltext_open_medium Fouche, Ilse,  Van Dyk, Tobie & Butler, Gustav. 2016Impact measurement: towards creating a flexible evaluation design for academic literacy interventions. Stellenbosch Papers in Linguistics 45, 109-145. doi: http://spil.journals.ac.za/pub/article/view/202.

fulltext_restricted_medium Rambiritch, Avasha & Weideman, Albert. 2016. Telling the story of a test: The Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS). In: Read, J. (Editor). Post-admission language assessment of university students. Cham: Springer, Chapter 10, pp. 197-216. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39192-2_10.

fulltext_restricted_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2016. Evaluating the effectiveness of a writing intervention for first-year, ‘at-risk’ students
Language Matters 47(1): 22-44. DOI: 10.1080/10228195.2015.1136674.

fulltext_open_medium Sebolai, Kabelo. 2016. Distinguishing between English proficiency and academic literacy in English, Language Matters 47(1): 45-60. DOI: 10.1080/10228195.2015.1124281.

fulltext_open_medium Sebolai, Kabelo. 2016. The incremental validity of three tests of academic literacy in the context of a South African university of technology. PhD thesis, University of the Free State. Available: http://hdl.handle.net/11660/5408.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Walt, Johann L & Steyn, HS.  2016. A norm for an academic literacy placement test. Journal for Language Teaching 50(1): 167-181. http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v50i1.8.

fulltext_open_medium Van Dyk, Tobie, Louw, Henk, Nizonkiza Deogratias & Van de Poel, Kris.  2016. Productive knowledge of collocations may predict academic literacy. Per Linguam, 32(2), 66-81. http://dx.doi.org/10.5785/32-2-601.

fulltext_open_medium Waddee, AA & Cliff, Alan. 2016. Pre-admission tests of learning potential as predictors of academic success of first-year medical students.  South African Journal of Higher Education, 30 (2), 264-278. DOI: 10.20853/30-2-619.

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert, Patterson, Rebecca & Pot, Anna. 2016. Construct refinement in tests of academic literacy. In: Read, J. (Editor). Post-admission language assessment of university students. Cham: Springer, Chapter 9, pp. 179-196. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-39192-2_9.

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2015

fulltext_open_medium Cliff, Alan. 2015The National Benchmark Test in Academic Literacy: how might it be used to support teaching in higher education? Language Matters 46 (1), 3-21 9.

fulltext_restricted_medium Du Plessis, Colleen & Du Plessis, Theodorus. 2015. Dealing with disparities: the teaching and assessment of official languages at first language level in the grade 12 school-leaving phase in South Africa.  DOI10.1080/07908318.2015.1083999

fulltext_restricted_medium Elder, Catherine, & Read, John. 2015. Post-entry assessments in other countries: The Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL) (South Africa). In: Assessing English proficiency for university study, Palgrave Macmillan, Chapter 4, p.70-75.

fulltext_open_medium Fleisch, B., Schöer, V. & Cliff, A. 2015. When signals are lost in aggregation: A comparison of language marks and competencies of entering university students. South African Journal of Higher Education, 29 (5), 156 – 178.

fulltext_open_medium Gruhn, Sophie. 2015. The initial validation of a Test of Emergent Literacy. MA dissertation, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. [Cum laude] 

fulltext_open_medium Myburgh, Jo-Mari. 2015. The assessment of academic literacy at pre-university level: a comparison of the utility of academic literacy tests and Grade 10 Home Language results. MA dissertation, University of the Free State.

fulltext_restricted_medium Pot, Anna, & Weideman, Albert. 2015. Diagnosing academic language ability: An analysis of the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students.  Language Matters 46(1): 22-43. DOI: 10.1080/10228195.2014.986665#.

fulltext_open_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2015. Accountability issues in testing academic literacy: the case of the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS). Perspectives in Education 33(1): 26-44.

fulltext_restricted_medium Sebolai, Kabelo & Huff, Lindsay. 2015. Academic literacy curriculum renewal at a South African university : a case study. Journal for Language Teaching, 49(1): 333-351. DOI: 10.4314/jlt.v49i1.13.

fulltext_restricted_medium Sebolai, Kabelo, and Dzansi, DY.  2015. Measuring the impact of an academic literacy programme at a South African University of Technology. International Journal of Educational Sciences 10(2): 248-255.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie. 2015. Tried and tested. Tijdschrift voor Taalbeheersing 37(2): 159-186.

fulltext_open_medium Van Rooy, Bertus, & Coetzee-Van Rooy, Susan. 2015. The language issue and academic performance at a South African University. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies, 1-16. DOI: 10.2989/16073614.2015.1012691. The first 50 downloads are free.

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2014

fulltext_open_medium Cliff, Alan. 2014. Entry-level students’ reading abilities and what these abilities might mean for academic readiness. Language Matters, 45 (3), 313 – 324.

fulltext_open_medium Du Plessis, Colleen. 2014. Issues of validity and generalisability in the Grade 12 English Home Language examination. Per Linguam 30(2):1-19.

fulltext_restricted_medium Du Plessis, Colleen & Weideman, Albert. 2014. Writing as construct in the Grade 12 Home Language curriculum and examination.  Journal for Language Teaching 48(2): 121-141. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v48i42.6.

fulltext_open_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2014. The accessibility of the test of academc literacy for postgraduate students (TALPS): student perceptions. Per Linguam 30(1):18-27.

fulltext_restricted_medium Sebolai, Kabelo. 2014. Disparate impact, justice and fairness: a case study of the Test of Academic Literacy Levels.  Journal for Language Teaching 48(1): 89-107. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v48i1.5.

fulltext_open_medium Steyn, Sanet. 2014. The design and refinement of a test of early academic literacy. MA dissertation, Rijksuniversiteit, Groningen. [Cum laude].

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Walt, Johann L & Steyn, HS. 2014. Towards standardisation: a comparison of two versions of an academic literacy test. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v48i1.6.  Journal for Language Teaching 48(1): 109-129.

fulltext_open_medium Van Dyk, Tobie. 2014. Academic literacy stretches beyond language development. NWU Research Dynamics [Virtual papers].

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie & Taljaard, Marlies. 2014. Ses van die een en ‘n halfdosyn van die ander? ‘n Ondersoek na moontlike vlakke van oorvleueling tussen matriek-Afrikaans en -Engels en die NWU se Akademiese Geletterdheidstoets en -kursusse.  Journal for Language Teaching 48(2): 105 –125 . DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4314/jlt.v48i2.5.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2014. Academic literacy: why is it important?  [Introduction]. In Weideman & Van Dyk, (Eds.) Academic literacy: test your competence  Bloemfontein: Geronimo, p. ii-ix.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert, Patterson, Rebecca, & Pot, Anna. 2014. Construct refinement in tests of academic literacy. Contribution to a colloquium on Post-entry Language Assessments at AAAL, Portland, Oregon.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2014. Innovation and reciprocity in applied linguistics. Literator 35(1). DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.4102/lit.v35i1.1074

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2013

fulltext_restricted_medium Butler, Gustav. 2013. Discipline-specific versus generic academic literacy intervention for university education: an issue of impact? Journal for Language Teaching, 47(2): 71-87

fulltext_restricted_medium Grosser, M M & Nel, M.. 2013. The relationship between the critical thinking skills and the academic language proficiency of prospective teachers. South African Journal of Education, 33(2: 1-17.

 fulltext_restricted_medium Patterson, Rebecca & Weideman, Albert. 2013. The refinement of a construct for tests of academic literacy. Journal for Language Teaching, 47(1): 125-151.

fulltext_open_medium Patterson, Rebecca & Weideman, Albert. 2013. The typicality of academic discourse and its relevance for constructs of academic literacy.discourse.  Journal for Language Teaching, 47(1): 107-123.

fulltext_open_medium Pot, Anna. 2013. Diagnosing academic language ability: An analysis of TALPS. MA dissertation, Applied Linguistics, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen. [Summa cum laudesee related news article]

fulltext_restricted_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2013. Validating the Test of Academic Literacy for Postgraduate Students (TALPS).  Journal for Language Teaching, 47(1):175-193.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie. 2013. Geldigheid vanuit drie paradigmas beskou: ’n eenheid, of ’n veelheid van perspektiewe?  Journal for Language Teaching, 47(1):153-173.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie & Van de Poel, Kris. 2013. Towards a responsible agenda for academic literacy development: considerations that will benefit students and society. Journal for Language Teaching, 47(2): 43-69.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2013. Academic literacy interventions: what are we not yet doing, or not yet doing right?  Journal for Language Teaching, 47(2): 11-23.

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2012

fulltext_open_medium  Du Plessis, Colleen. 2012. The design, refinement and reception of a test of academic literacy for postgraduate students. MA dissertation, University of the Free State. [Cum laude].

fulltext_restricted_medium Du Plessis, Colleen. 2012. Facing up to literacy: Perceptions and performance in a test of academic literacy for postgraduate students. Journal for Language Teaching, special edition: Festschrift in honour of Albert Weideman, 46(2):43-57.

fulltext_open_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2012. Challenging Messick: proposing a theoretical framework for understanding. Journal for Language Teaching, special edition: Festschrift in honour of Albert Weideman, 46(2):108-122.

fulltext_open_medium Rambiritch, Avasha. 2012. Transparency, accessibility and accountability as regulative conditions for a postgraduate test of academic literacy. PhD thesis, University of the Free State. URI: http://hdl.handle.net/11660/1571.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Walt, Johann L. 2012. The meaning and uses of language test scores: an argument-based approach to validation. Journal for Language Teaching, special edition: Festschrift in honour of Albert Weideman, 46(2):43-57.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie & Van der Slik, Frans. 2012. Dalende geletterdheidsvlakke: feit of fiksie? Journal for Language Teaching, special edition: Festschrift in honour of Albert Weideman, 46(2):43-57.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2012. Validation and validity beyond Messick. Per Linguam, 28(2):1-14.

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2011

fulltext_restricted_medium Butler, Gustav. 2011. Supervisor perceptions of the academic literacy requirements of postgraduate students at the University of Pretoria. Journal for Language Teaching 45(1): 7-22.

fulltext_open_medium Le, Phuong Loan. 2011. Assessing academic literacy of first year Vietnamese university students: How appropriate is the TALL?  MA dissertation, University of Groningen.

fulltext_restricted_mediumLe, Phuong Loan, Du Plessis, Colleen & Weideman, Albert. 2011. Test and context: the use of the test of academic literacy levels (TALL) at a tertiary institution in Viêt nam. Journal for Language Teaching 45(2): 115 -131.

fulltext_restricted_medium Petersen-Waughtall, M. & Van Dyk, Tobie. 2011. Towards informed decision making: The importance of baseline academic literacy assessment in promoting responsible university access and supportJournal for Language Teaching  45 (1): 99-114.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie, Van Rensburg, Alta & Marais, Fiona. 2011. Levelling the playing field: An investigation into the translation of tests. Journal for Language Teaching45(1): 153-169.

fulltext_restricted_mediumWeideman, Albert. 2011. Academic literacy tests: Design, development, piloting and refinement. Journal for Language Teaching 45(2):100-113.
fulltext_open_medium  Reworked as a workshop presentation for the LANSPAN colloquium, University of Groningen, 4 Dec., 2012.

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2010

fulltext_open_medium Fouche, Ilse. 2010. Improving the academic literacy levels of first-year Natural Sciences students by means of an academic literacy intervention. MA dissertation, University of Pretoria.

fulltext_open_medium Marais, Fiona & Van Dyk, Tobie. 2010. Put listening to the test: an aid to decision making in language placement. Per Linguam 26(2): 34-51.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Slik, Frans & Weideman, Albert. 2010. Examining bias in a test of academic literacy: does the Test of Academic Literacy Levels (TALL) treat students from English and African language backgrounds differently? Journal for Language Teaching 44(2): 106-118.

fulltext_open_medium  Van Dyk, Tobie. 2010. Konstitutiewe voorwaardes vir die ontwerp van ’n toets van akademiese geletterdheid [TAG]. PhD thesis, University of the Free State.

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2009

fulltext_restricted_medium Butler, Gustav. 2009. The design of a postgraduate test of academic literacy: accommodating student and supervisor expectations. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009. Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): 291-300.

fulltext_restricted_medium Cliff, Alan & Hanslo, M. 2009. The design and use of ‘alternate’ assessments of academic literacy as selections mechanisms in Higher Education. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (Special Edition), 27 (3), 265 – 276.

fulltext_restricted_medium Davies, Alan. 2009. Assessing the academic literacy of additional-language students. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009. Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): xi- xii.

fulltext_open_medium Marais, Fiona. 2009. An investigation into the significance of listening proficiency in the assessment of academic literacy levels at Stellenbosch University . MPhil thesis (Modern Foreign Languages), University of Stellenbosch.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Slik, Frans & Weideman, Albert. 2009. Revisiting test stability: further evidence relating to the measurement of difference in performance on a test of academic literacy. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009. Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): 253-263.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie, Zybrands, Helena, Cillié, Karlien & Coetzee, Marisca. 2009. On being reflective practitioners: the evaluation of a writing module for first-year students in the Health Sciences. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009. Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3):333-344. (One of the top cited SALALS articles – editor’s report, 2010).

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert. 2009. Academic literacy: Prepare to learn. Pretoria: Van Schaik.

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert. 2009. Constitutive and regulative conditions for the assessment of academic literacy. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009.  Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): 235-251. Listed by Routledge as one of the top cited articles from SALALS.

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2008

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Slik, Frans. 2008. Gender bias and gender differences in two tests of academic literacy. In: Geldenhuys, Jurie (Ed.). 2009. Assessing and developing academic literacy, special issue of Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 27(3): 277- 290.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van der Slik, Frans & Weideman, Albert. 2008. Measures of improvement in academic literacy. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 26(3): 363-378. Listed by Routledge as one of the top cited articles from SALALS in 2008.

fulltext_open_medium Van der Walt, Johann L. & Steyn, F. 2008. The validation of language tests. Stellenbosch papers in linguistics, Vol. 38: 191-204.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert & Van der Slik, Frans. 2008. The stability of test design: measuring difference in performance across several administrations of a test of academic literacy. Acta Academica 40(1): 161-182.

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2007

fulltext_open_medium Butler, Gustav. 2007. A framework for course design in academic writing for tertiary education. PhD thesis, University of Pretoria.

fulltext_restricted_medium Cliff, Alan, Ramaboa, K. & Pearce, C. 2007. The assessment of entry-level students’ academic literacy: does it matter? Ensovoort (Special Edition), 11 (2): 33 – 48.

fulltext_restricted_medium Geldenhuys, Jurie. 2007. Test efficiency and utility: Longer and shorter tests. Ensovoort 11 (2): 71-82.

fulltext_open_medium Van der Slik, Frans & Weideman, Albert. 2007. Testing academic literacy over time: Is the academic literacy of first year students deteriorating? Ensovoort 11(2): 126-137.

fulltext_open_medium Van der Walt, Johann L. & Steyn, H.S. jr. 2007. Pragmatic validation of a test of academic literacy at tertiary level. Ensovoort 11 (2): 138-153.

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2006

fulltext_restricted_medium Cliff, Alan & Yeld, Nan. 2006. Test domains and constructs: academic literacy. In H. Griesel (Ed). Access and entry level benchmarks: the National Benchmark Tests project, pp. 19-27. Pretoria: Higher Education South Africa.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2006. Assessing academic literacy: a task-based approach. Language Matters 37(1): 81- 101.

fulltext_restricted_medium Weideman, Albert. 2006. Transparency and accountability in applied linguistics. Southern African Linguistics and Applied Language Studies 24(1): 71-86. DOI: 10.2989/16073610609486407

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2005

fulltext_open_medium Van der Slik, Frans & Weideman, Albert. 2005. The refinement of a test of academic literacy. Per Linguam 21 (1):23-35.

fulltext_open_medium Van Dyk, Tobie. 2005. Towards providing effective academic literacy intervention. Per Linguam 21 (2):38-51.

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2004

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie & Weideman, Albert. 2004. Finding the right measure: from blueprint to specification to item type. Journal for Language Teaching 38 (1): 15-24.

fulltext_restricted_medium Van Dyk, Tobie & Weideman, Albert. 2004. Switching constructs: on the selection of an appropriate blueprint for academic literacy assessment.  Journal for Language Teaching 38 (1): 1-13.

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2003

fulltext_restricted_medium Cooper, Patricia & Van Dyk, Tobie 2003. Measuring vocabulary: a look at different methods of vocabulary testingPerspectives in Education, 21(1): 67-80.

fulltext_open_medium Weideman, Albert. 2003. Assessing and developing academic literacy. Per Linguam 19 (1 & 2): 55 -65.

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