Journal article

Assessing Speaking Proficiency: A Narrative Review of Speaking Assessment Research Within the Argument-Based Validation Framework

Jason Fan, Xun Yan

Frontiers in Psychology | Frontiers Media SA | Published : 2020

Abstract

This paper provides a narrative review of empirical research on the assessment of speaking proficiency published in selected journals in the field of language assessment. A total of 104 published articles on speaking assessment were collected and systematically analyzed within an argument-based validation framework (Chapelle et al., 2008). We examined how the published research is represented in the six inferences of this framework, the topics that were covered by each article, and the research methods that were employed in collecting the backings to support the assumptions underlying each inference. Our analysis results revealed that: (a) most of the collected articles could be categorized ..

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Awarded by National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Sciences (NPOPSS) of the People's Republic of China


Funding Acknowledgements

The preparation of this manuscript was supported by the National Planning Office for Philosophy and Social Sciences (NPOPSS) of the People's Republic of China under the project title Reform of English speaking assessment and its impact on the teaching of English speaking (19BYY234). We would like to thank Angela McKenna and three reviewers for their insightful and perspicacious comments on the previous draft of this article.