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Title: Theoretical considerations of applications and implications of concordance-based cloze tests
Authors: Kongsuwannakul, Kunlaphak
First Published: 1-Jul-2014
Publisher: Oxford University Press (OUP)
Citation: Literary and Linguistic Computing, 2014, pp. 541-558
Abstract: Concordance-based cloze (henceforth ConCloze) tests have rarely been researched over the past two decades. This paper explores some potentially practical applications of their manifold item formats to language testing. The formats can range from response-selected to response-constructed ones, all embracing Read’s (2000) context-dependent vocabulary assessment and likely tapping into multiple aspects and components of Nation’s (2001) word knowledge. These applications imply a fine-grained approach to vocabulary teaching and learning as well as wordknowledge profiling and evaluation in that the viability of this item type calls for attention to complex word-knowledge components rather than merely the usually recognized form–meaning dimension. This could in turn carry a broad implication for language-pedagogical paradigms in general and vocabulary assessment in particular. Moreover, as the ConCloze item formats may be constructed with the aid of corpus and concordance markings, the other implication is that corpora should be built purposively, and concordances annotated specifically yet multidimensionally. This will enable these corpus-linguistic tools to accommodate computer-based test construction and delivery of the ConCloze item type as well as other item types.
DOI Link: 10.1093/llc/fqu033
ISSN: 0268-1145
eISSN: 1477-4615
Version: Post-print
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: Copyright © 2014, Oxford University Press (OUP). Deposited with reference to the publisher’s archiving policy available on the SHERPA/RoMEO website.
Description: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced PDF of an article accepted for publication in Literary and Linguistic Computing following peer review. The definitive publisher-authenticated version Literary and Linguistic Computing, 2014 is available online at:
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