This book is based on papers and discussions at a Lancaster University symposium in October 1980 where seven applied linguists met to discuss problems in language testing. In the Introduction, the book’s editor Charles Alderson refers to the discomfort felt by many language teaching practitioners faced with the subject of ‘testing’, given the predominance of statistical analysis in the field.

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Nevertheless, Alderson noted increasing needs to clarify issues in three areas – corresponding to the three main sections of the book: Communicative language testing, Testing of English for specific purposes, and Testing of general language proficiency. Within each section there are three parts: the original article(s), reaction papers and an account of the discussion based upon tape recordings of the proceedings by Alderson. This book is free to download below as a pdf file.

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