Chapter 32. Language Assessments: Gate-Keepers or Door-Openers?

  1. Bernard Spolsky and
  2. Francis M. Hult
  1. Lyle F. Bachman and
  2. James E. Purpura

Published Online: 10 MAR 2008

DOI: 10.1002/9780470694138.ch32

The Handbook of Educational Linguistics

The Handbook of Educational Linguistics

How to Cite

Bachman, L. F. and Purpura, J. E. (2008) Language Assessments: Gate-Keepers or Door-Openers?, in The Handbook of Educational Linguistics (eds B. Spolsky and F. M. Hult), Blackwell Publishing Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470694138.ch32

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 10 MAR 2008
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405154109

Online ISBN: 9780470694138

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Keywords:

  • language assessments;
  • language tests;
  • teaching of foreign languages;
  • English language learners;
  • health professionals

Summary

This chapter contains section titled:

  • Introduction

  • Intended Uses of Language Tests

  • Consequences and Fairness of Decisions

  • Defining the Aspects of Language Ability to be Assessed

  • Are Language Assessments Gate-Keepers or Door-Openers?