Publications


Designing Listening Tests: A Practical Approach 


This book examines the crucial role that sound file selection plays in assessing listening ability and introduces the reader to the procedure of textmapping, which explores how to exploit a sound file. The book discusses the role of the task identifier, the task instructions and the example, and analyses the strengths and weaknesses of different test methods. Guidelines for developing listening items, and procedures that can be used in peer review and task revision are also provided. A range of sample listening tasks illustrates the benefits of following the test development approach described in the book. Developing Listening Tests also provides insights into the advantages that field trials, statistical analyses and standard setting can offer the language test developer in determining how well their tasks work. This practical book will be of interest to researchers, language testers, testing commissions, and teachers engaged in assessing listening performance around the world.

Publication date: 21 Feb 2017 | ISBN 978-1-137-45715-8 | ISBN 978-1-349-68771-8



Statistical Analyses for Language Testers


'SALT' provides a step-by-step approach to the most useful statistical analyses for language test developers and researchers based on the programs IBM SPSS, Winsteps and Facets. Each chapter focuses on one particular type of analysis, for example, analysing how items in a test are performing or investigating the relationship between two variables. Each chapter begins with an introduction as to why this particular analysis is important for the language tester and then provides explanations about the terms and concepts which the reader will meet in the chapter.

The method for carrying out each analysis is then described in a systematic manner guiding the reader through the procedure for that particular analysis. The main aspects of the output files are then investigated and the results explained. Eleven of the book's appendices provide further opportunities for the reader to repeat many of the statistical procedures on different data sets. Questions and answers guide the reader in checking their understanding of the statistical procedures and output tables.

Publication Date: 8 April 2013 | ISBN-10: 1137018283 | ISBN-13: 978-1137018281


All data sets can be found on the Palgrave Macmillan website. Click on the link on the right hand side of the page entitled 'Data sets and errata' under Services for this Book:

http://www.palgrave.com/gp/palgrave/services/compa...



Green, R. & Wall, D. (2005). Language testing in the military: problems, politics and progress. Language Testing, 22 (3): 379-398.  

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Presentations


  • Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) 2013, Seoul, Korea. Co-presented with Dhirivat Bhumichitr and David Gardner, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Thailand. Developing a test for diplomats: challenges, impact and accountability.
  • European Association for Language Testing & Assessment (EALTA) 2011. Co-presented with Carol Spoettl, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Building up a pool of standard setting judges: problems, solutions and insights. See: http://www.ealta.eu.org/conference/2011/programme
  • European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) 2009. Co-presented with Carol Spoettl, University of Innsbruck, Austria. Going national, standardised and live in Austria: challenges and tensions. See: http://www.ealta.eu.org/conference/2009/programme...
  • European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) 2007. Co-presented with Claudia Harsch, IQB Germany. The challenge of constructing a valid writing assessment system based on the CEFR. See: http://www.ealta.eu.org/conference/2007/programme
  • European Association of Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA) 2007. Co-presented with Daniela Neumann, IQB Germany.  Training teachers to develop tasks in line with national standards and the CEFR. See: http://www.ealta.eu.org/conference/2007/programme...
  • Language Testing Forum (LTF) 2005, University of Cambridge.  Language testing in the aviation context: a high stakes challenge.
  • Language Testing Research Colloquium (LTRC) 2005, Ottawa, Canada. Co-presented with Dianne Wall, Lancaster University. Developing tests in the Military: Problems, Politics and Progress.
  • PEP Conference II, 2004 Prague, Czech Republic. Plenary co-presented with Dianne Wall, Lancaster University. Developing tests in the Military: Problems, Politics and Progress. 
  • Language Testing Forum (LTF) 2004 Lancaster University.  Co-presented with Dianne Wall, Lancaster University. Developing tests in the Military: Problems, Politics and Progress.