The testing and assessment of second language learners is an essential part of the language learning process. Glenn Fulcher's Testing Second Language Speaking is a state-of-the-art volume that considers the assessment of speaking from historical, theoretical and practical perspectives.

The book offers the first systematic, comprehensive and up-to-date treatment of the testing of second language speaking. Written in a clear and accessible manner, it covers:

  • Explanations of the process of test design
  • Costing test design projects
  • How to put the test into practice
  • Evaluation of speaking tests
  • Task types for testing speaking
  • Testing learners with disabilities

It also contains a wealth of examples, including task types that are commonly used in speaking tests, approaches to researching speaking tests and specific methodologies that teachers, students and test developers may use in their own projects.

Successfully integrating practice and theory, this book demystifies the process of testing speaking and provides a thorough treatment of the key ethical and technical issues in speaking evaluation.

chapter 2|32 pages

Defining the construct

chapter 3|38 pages

Tasks for second language speaking tests

chapter 4|28 pages

Rating scales

chapter 5|22 pages

Test specifications

chapter 6|33 pages

Raters, training and administration

chapter 7|28 pages

Evaluating second language speaking tests

chapter 8|27 pages

Researching second language speaking tests