Assessing speaking through multimodal oral presentations: the case of construct underrepresentation in EAP contexts

Palmour, L. (2024) Assessing speaking through multimodal oral presentations: the case of construct underrepresentation in EAP contexts. Language Testing, 41(1), pp. 9-34. (doi: 10.1177/02655322231183077)

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This article explores the nature of the construct underlying classroom-based English for academic purpose (EAP) oral presentation assessments, which are used, in part, to determine admission to programmes of study at UK universities. Through analysis of qualitative data (from questionnaires, interviews, rating discussions, and fieldnotes), the article highlights how, in EAP settings, there is a tendency for the rating criteria and EAP teacher assessors to sometimes focus too narrowly on particular spoken linguistic aspects of oral presentations. This is in spite of student assessees drawing on, and teacher assessors valuing, the multimodal communicative affordances available in oral presentation performances. To better avoid such construct underrepresentation, oral presentation tasks should be acknowledged and represented in rating scales, teacher assessor decision-making, and training in EAP contexts.

Item Type:Articles
Additional Information:Funding: The author completed her ESRC-funded PhD and Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at University of Southampton.
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Palmour, Dr Louise
Creator Roles:
Palmour, L.Conceptualization, Data curation, Formal analysis, Funding acquisition, Investigation, Methodology, Project administration, Resources, Software, Supervision, Validation, Visualization, Writing – original draft, Writing – review and editing
Authors: Palmour, L.
College/School:College of Arts & Humanities > School of Modern Languages and Cultures > Language Centre
Journal Name:Language Testing
Publisher:SAGE Publications
ISSN (Online):1477-0946
Published Online:07 July 2023
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2023 The Authors
First Published:First published in Language Testing 41(1):9-34
Publisher Policy:Reproduced under a Creative Commons License

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