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Innovation in the assessment of English for academic purposes

Etherington, S 2003, Innovation in the assessment of English for academic purposes , Project Report, University of Salford, Salford, UK. (Unpublished)

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Abstract

This project aims to develop an improved tool for the testing of academic writing skills of international students for use within the School of Languages English for academic Purposes programmes and beyond. At present, a lack of harmonisation of testing procedures on non-credit-bearing programmes within the School means that test results are difficult to compare and evaluate. Additionally, work within the EAP (English for Academic Purposes) and Writing Assessment communities has suggested that there is a need for a better fit between assessment procedures currently employed in many HEIs and the academic writing process (Hamp-Lyons 1991; Cushing Wiegle 2002). The project seeks to address these issues through the development and validation of more processed-based approaches to writing assessment (Cho 2003) to be used within the pre-sessional English for Academic Purposes programme. The experience gained in test development and evaluation will lead to the creation of a useful model for assessment development for other non-credit-bearing programmes within the School. Further benefits of the project are expected to include enhancement of student learning through greater understanding of their progress; a fuller diagnosis for teachers of student writing abilities; and clearer information to academic subject departments about their new students’ writing skills.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Themes: Subjects / Themes > P Language and Literature > PB Modern languages. Celtic languages > PB0001 Modern languages
Subjects / Themes > L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Memory, Text and Place
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences > Centre for Linguistics and Applied Linguistics
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Publisher: University of Salford
Funders: Teaching and Learning Quality Improvement Scheme
Depositing User: Institutional Repository
Date Deposited: 03 Jun 2009 13:31
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 15:57
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/2021

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