Authoring Tools for Language Assessment
Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
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The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics
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Kessler, G. 2012. Authoring Tools for Language Assessment. The Encyclopedia of Applied Linguistics.
- Published Online: 5 NOV 2012
Authoring tools, which include an array of software designed to create material for computers and the Internet, are ubiquitous throughout the Web development world, including language education. Such tools, designed specifically for language assessment, allow language teachers, material developers, and language department administrators to create a variety of interactive computer-based assessments. These can include embedded media, automated scoring, feedback, and database archival storage of performance. Since the early 1990s a number of such authoring tools have been developed to allow teachers to prepare evaluation and assessment materials for their unique needs. Many of these have become commonplace in classrooms while they may be unfamiliar at institutional levels of assessment, possibly because the assessment needs are different in the classrooms and institutions responsible for test development (Fulcher & Davidson, 2007).
- educational linguistics;
- language learning technology