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Examining test-taker processes and strategies and stakeholder perceptions of relevance of Aptis for Teachers Speaking test in the Australian context

Sally O'Hagan, Kellie Frost, Richard Spiby (ed.), Carolyn Westbrook (ed.)

British Council | Published : 2020

Abstract

Strong English speaking skills are considered central to effective teaching in Australian classrooms, and the importance of oral communication and interaction is emphasised in professional standards for teachers. This study investigated the potential of Aptis for Teachers (Speaking) to provide a more authentic representation of the construct of speaking ability in Australian classrooms compared with general proficiency tests, which are commonly used to assess teachers’ English speaking ability. The aims of the study were to examine the speaking processes and strategies engaged by the Aptis for Teachers Speaking tasks, and to explore test-taker and teacher educator perceptions of the appropri..

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