The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language
Routledge – 2014 – 256 pages
The Diagnosis of Reading in a Second or Foreign Language explores the notion of diagnostic testing andestablishes a framework for its practical applications in understanding second and foreign language reading. The book uses case studies from a wide variety of subject areas to contextualize a theory of diagnosis and to show how second and foreign language reading has been assessed in the past, culminating in a discussion of how diagnosis might be used to better understand and assess second and foreign language reading abilities. This is the only book to provide a detailed look into the little-examined field of diagnostic language testing, ideal for students, researchers, and professionals in applied linguistics, second language acquisition, and language testing and education.
About the NPLA Series:
Headed by two of its leading scholars, the series captures the burgeoning field of language assessment by offering comprehensive and state-of-the-art coverage of its contemporary questions, pressing issues, and technical advances. It is the only active series of its kind on the market, and will include volumes on basic and advanced topics in language assessment, public policy and language assessment, and the interfaces of language assessment with other disciplines in applied linguistics. Each text presents key theoretical approaches and research findings, along with concrete practical implications and suggestions for readers conducting their own research or developmental studies.
1. Introduction 2. Towards a theory of diagnosis 3.Research into the diagnosis of second and foreign language proficiency 4. The role of feedback in diagnosis 5.The construct of reading in a second or foreign language 6. How second and foreign language reading has been operationalised 7. The linguistic basis of reading in a second and foreign language 8. The cognitive basis of reading in a second and foreign language 9. The motivational basis of reading in a second and foreign language 10. Diagnosis from the perspective of the language classroom 11: Diagnosing second and foreign language reading: Bringing it all together 12. Implications for intervention and treatment Appendices: Diagnostic research instruments used in various studies
J. Charles Alderson is Professor of Linguistics and English Language Education at Lancaster University. Eeva-Leena Haapakangas is Research Assistant in the DIALUKI project at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.
Ari Huhta is a Researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies, University of Jyväskylä.
Lea Nieminen is a Postdoctoral Researcher in the DIALUKI project at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.
Riikka Ullakonoja is a post-doctoral researcher at the Centre for Applied Language Studies at the University of Jyväskylä.