Journal article

Speaking in turns and sequences: Interactional competence as a target construct in testing speaking

Carsten Roever, Gabriele Kasper

LANGUAGE TESTING | SAGE PUBLICATIONS LTD | Published : 2018

Abstract

In the assessment of speaking, a psycholinguistically based speaking construct has predominated. In this paper, we argue for the integration of the construct of interactional competence (IC) in speaking assessments to broaden the range of defensible inferences from speaking tests. IC emphasizes the co-constructed nature of interaction and enables the rating of L2 users’ ability to deploy interactional tools that lead to shared understandings. Recent work on IC shows that levels of development can be distinguished, for example, in the sequential organization of social actions such as requests and refusals. This can in turn inform interactionally specific ratings. Furthermore, an IC perspectiv..

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