Towards more valid scoring criteria for integrated reading-writing and listening-writing summary tasks
SubjectsEnglish language testing
Subject Categories::X162 Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
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AbstractDespite the increased use of integrated tasks in high-stakes academic writing assessment, research on rating criteria which reflect the unique construct of integrated summary writing skills is comparatively rare. Using a mixed-method approach of expert judgement, text analysis and statistical analysis, the current study examines writing features that discriminate summaries produced by 150 candidates at five levels of proficiency on integrated reading-writing (R-W) and listening-writing (LW) tasks. The expert judgement revealed a wide range of features which discriminated R-W and L-W responses. When responses at five proficiency levels were coded by these features, significant differences were obtained in seven features, including relevance of ideas, paraphrasing skills, accuracy of source information, academic style, language control, coherence and cohesion and task fulfilment across proficiency levels on the R-W task. The same features did not yield significant differences in L-W responses across proficiency levels. The findings have important implications for clarifying the construct of integrated summary writing in different modalities, indicating the possibility of expanding integrated rating categories with some potential for translating the identified criteria into automated rating systems. The results on the L-W indicate the need for developing descriptors which can more effectively discriminate L-W responses.
CitationChan S, May L (2022) 'Towards more valid scoring criteria for integrated reading-writing and listening-writing summary tasks', Language Testing, (), pp.-.
SponsorsThe research was supported by Pearson PLC research funds
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