Journal article

Relationships between Comprehension, Strategic Behaviours and Content-Related Aspects of Test Performances in Integrated Speaking Tasks

Kellie Frost, Gillian Wigglesworth, Josh Clothier

Language Assessment Quarterly: an international journal | Taylor & Francis (Routledge) | Published : 2020


The use of integrated tasks to test English speaking skills raises questions about the impact of comprehension on test score outcomes, and the impact of stimulus materials on test taker strategic behaviours. This study analysed speaking performances and verbal report data to examine the strategies used by test takers at different levels of proficiency to relate stimulus text information in response to a TOEFL-iBT reading-listening-speaking task. 120 speaking performances were analysed to identify how ideas from reading and listening source texts were reproduced, summarised and/or synthesised. Verbal reports from 38 test takers were also collected. Findings showed that test takers, regardless..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This research was funded by the Educational Testing Service (ETS) under a [Committee of Examiners and the Test of English as] a Foreign Language research grant. ETS does not discount or endorse the methodology, results, implications or opinions presented by the researcher(s).