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Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices (2nd Edition)

Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices (2nd Edition)
Author: H. Douglas Brown - Priyanvada Abeywickrama
ISBN 13: 9780138149314
ISBN 10: 138149313
Edition: 2
Publisher: Pearson Education ESL
Publication Date: 2010-03-20
Format: Paperback
Pages: 400
List Price: $75.53

Language Assessment provides teachers with a clear presentation of the essentials for assessing second language learning fairly and effectively. This updated second edition includes new research and information on standardized tests, a new chapter on form-focused assessment, and a concise glossary of terms.

With a focus on the most common pedagogical challenge – classroom-based assessment – Language Assessment delivers useful tools for evaluating and designing practical, effective assessment techniques.


  • Updated references and new information reflecting recent advances and current challenges in the field.

  • Classification of assessment techniques ranging from controlled to open-ended item types on a specified continuum of micro- and macroskills of language.

  • Systematic treatment of assessment for all four language skills (reading, writing, speaking, and listening) as well as grammar and vocabulary.

  • Discussion of large-scale standardized tests, the ethics of testing, letter grading, and overall evaluation of student performance.

  • Comprehensive presentation of alternatives in assessment, such as portfolios, journals, conferences, observations, interviews, and self- or peer-assessment.

New Features

  • Chapter objectives that preview content and goals

  • A new chapter on form-focused assessment

  • An appendix of commercially available tests

  • A concise glossary of assessment terms