International English language testing: a critical response

Hall, Graham (2009) International English language testing: a critical response. English Language Teaching Journal, 64 (2). pp. 321-328. ISSN 0951-0893

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/elt/ccp054

Abstract

Uysal's article provides a research agenda for IELTS and lists numerous issues concerning the test's reliability and validity. She asks useful questions, but her analysis ignores the uncertainties inherent in all language test development and the wider social and political context of international high-stakes language testing. In this response, I suggest there is ample evidence that, in the normal course of its test development and review processes, IELTS is aware of and addressing problematic issues in its testing as they arise. However, I also argue that to address some of the issues arising from Uysal's discussion, we need to take a broader perspective and examine the social, economic, and political dimensions of international high-stakes English language testing.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: IELTS
Subjects: Q900 Others in Linguistics, Classics and related subjects
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Arts and Social Sciences > Social Sciences & Languages
Depositing User: EPrints Services
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2010 13:31
Last Modified: 10 Aug 2015 11:13
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/140

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