REFERENCE TO TESTING PRINCIPLES AS AN INTERACTIONAL RESOURCE IN L2 TESTING AND EVALUATION CLASSROOM INTERACTION IN TEACHER EDUCATION CONTEXT

2022-9
Baydar, Müberrem Berna
The growing demand for language teachers to be equipped with the necessary skills to conduct assessment-related activities as a part of their job resulted in the publication of a considerable amount of literature on language testing and assessment to understand the needs and expectations of education programs fully. However, there is still a gap in the literature regarding the investigation of how language assessment literacy of preservice teachers develops in and through interaction. Therefore, this study aims to fulfill this gap by focusing on the phenomenon of “reference to testing principles” in the context of language testing and evaluation course at an English Language Teaching (ELT) program by adopting a conversation analytic approach. The study draws on 12 hours of video-recorded classroom interaction data gathered from senior year ELT students and an ELT professor at a state university in Ankara, Turkey. Based on CA, this study has investigated the emergence of the phenomenon, reference to testing principles in different sequential environments to understand the functions it performs during the peer feedback interaction sessions in language testing and evaluation course. Furthermore, the study has uncovered the relationship between the test types and testing principles oriented by the preservice teachers. The analysis has also shown that reference testing principles during the peer feedback interaction provides learning opportunities to develop language assessment literacy and skills necessary for language teachers. All things considered, the study reflects on peer feedback interaction in a higher education context and offers implications for L2 teacher education research and the development of language assessment literacy.

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Citation Formats
M. B. Baydar, “REFERENCE TO TESTING PRINCIPLES AS AN INTERACTIONAL RESOURCE IN L2 TESTING AND EVALUATION CLASSROOM INTERACTION IN TEACHER EDUCATION CONTEXT,” M.A. - Master of Arts, Middle East Technical University, 2022.