(Re)creating listening source texts for a high-stakes standardized English test at a Vietnamese university: abandoning the search in vain

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Abstract

This chapter argues for viewing listening source texts (LSTs) as a hybrid genre and shares a practical approach to developing LSTs for a high-stakes standardized English test at a Vietnamese university. Presented as a series of autoethnographic vignettes, the paper details the enormous challenges facing the author in his quest for “perfect” authentic texts that had to fit both text and item specifications. These problems were not surmounted until the author, inspired by empirical item writing research, had taken a more liberal approach which involves substantial editing or even creating LSTs from scratch to match test items. The author’s success in adopting this liberal approach has led him to support the view of LSTs as a hybrid genre with features derived from both the exams they are situated in and real-world texts in the target language use domain. The chapter concludes with implications for item writer training, and simultaneously calls for caution in using the special genre of LSTs.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationChallenges in language testing around the world
Subtitle of host publicationinsights for language test users
EditorsBetty Lanteigne, Christine Coombe, James Dean Brown
Place of PublicationSingapore
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Chapter23
Pages317-325
Number of pages9
ISBN (Electronic)9789813342323
ISBN (Print)9789813342316, 9789813342347
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Feb 2021

Keywords

  • Item writing
  • Genre
  • Assessment
  • Standardised testing
  • Autoethnography
  • Assessing listening

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