The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing

The Sociocultural Activity of High Stakes Standardised Language Testing: TOEIC Washback in a South Korean Context By Dawn Karen Booth
English | PDF,EPUB | 2018 | 263 Pages | ISBN : 3319704451 | 5.32 MB

This book explores the influence of high stakes standardised testing within the context of South Korea. South Korea is regarded as a shining example of success in educational achievement and, as this book reveals, pressurised standardised testing has been a major contributing factor to its success.

This unique country provides an excellent setting from which to explore the powerful relationship that exists between testing and learning and can advance our understanding of which factors and test conditions will positively and negatively influence learning. This book follows the test activity of a group of Korean university students preparing for the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) and posits a revised model of the influence of testing on learning. It calls for a more socially situated view of tests and test-takers considered in relation to the sociocultural, historical, political and economic contexts in which they are embedded.

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