Journal article

Evaluating rater responses to an online training program for L2 writing assessment

C Elder, G Barkhuizen, U Knoch, J von Randow

Language Testing | Published : 2007

Abstract

The use of online rater self-training is growing in popularity and has obvious practical benefits, facilitating access to training materials and rating samples and allowing raters to reorient themselves to the rating scale and self monitor their behaviour at their own convenience. However there has thus far been little research into rater attitudes to training via this modality and its effectiveness in enhancing levels of inter- and intra-rater agreement. The current study explores these issues in relation to an analytically-scored academic writing task designed to diagnose undergraduates' English learning needs. 8 ESL raters scored a number of pre-rated benchmark writing samples online and ..

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