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|Title:||Performance decision trees : developing domain-specific criteria for teaching and assessment|
|Authors:||Fulcher, N. Glenn|
|Presented at:||2011 BALEAP Conference, Portsmouth, 2011|
|Citation:||Fulcher, N. G.;Kemp, J, Performance Decision Trees : Developing domain-specific criteria for teaching and assessment, ed. Wrigglesworth, J, 'EAP within the higher education garden: Cross-pollination between disciplines, departments and research. Proceedings of the 2011 BALEAP Conference', Garnet Education, 2013, pp. 159-170|
|Abstract:||In this paper we introduce Performance Decision Trees (PDTs), a means of assessment firmly based in linguistic analysis (Fulcher, 2010; Fulcher et al., 2011). PDTs attempt to capture more of the interactive and communicative nature of speech than is currently possible in traditional linear rating scales. As a result, PDTs can be constructed to help define and assess language use, give diagnostic feedback, and develop ESP syllabuses. Their use would also strengthen the inferences we are able to make about student ability. We will illustrate the value of this approach, as well as the procedure, by discussing the development of a PDT for the domain of travel agency discourse, using original data and with reference to the relevant literature from the fields of both marketing and discourse analysis. Potential applications will then be suggested: for example, other ESP speaking tests and EAP presentations.|
|Description:||Collaborative paper between School of Education and the English Language Teaching Unit.Full text of this item is not currently available on the LRA. The final published version may be available through the links above.|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers & Presentations, School of Education|
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