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Testing Spoken Language A Handbook of Oral Testing Techniques by Nic Underhill

Testing Spoken Language A Handbook of Oral Testing Techniques

Part of the Cambridge Handbooks for Language Teachers Series


Testing Spoken Language A Handbook of Oral Testing Techniques by Nic Underhill

This is a practical guide to designing and using oral tests of language ability. It is for teachers, testers, course designers and educational planners. The organisation follows the sequence of stages in which a new testing programme would logically be carried out. It takes the reader through the testing process, giving practical examples and discussing the issues involved at each stage. Testing Spoken Language removes testing from the realm of the specialist and presents it as an integral part of a language learning programme. It describes the range of test-types and discusses their suitability for different aims and resources; lists over fifty oral test techniques and variations, with comments on each; integrates the marking system into the process of test design; and provides suggestions for monitoring and improving a test once it is in use.


' ... a marvellously human and interesting book on a subject which many teachers find alarming ... the testing of spoken language ... It offers a coherent program for the construction and administration of oral language tests.'
Malcolm J. Benson, The Language Teacher

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Publication date

28th May 1987


Nic Underhill

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Cambridge University Press


128 pages


ELT: teaching theory & methods



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