The Construct Validity of a WebBased Listening Comprehension Exam
Technology for Second Language Learning – Iowa State University English Department
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World Languages and Cultures
It is well known by test developers that the construct to be measured by a test needs to be clearly defined as part of the process of developing a test (Bachman, 1990; Davidson and Lynch, 2002). This study focuses on a trial version of an online Spanish Listening Exam (SLE), a listening measure focused on grammatical items and tasks based on the main topics learned in the first two years of a Spanish curriculum. The SLE tasks are relevant to the language instruction domain which helps to define the test construct. This paper describes research evaluating the construct validity of the SLE through research on content relevance, criterion-relatedness and content coverage.
This presented paper is published as Pardo‐Ballester, C. (2008). The construct validity of a web‐based listening comprehension exam. In C. A. Chapelle, Y.‐R. Chung, & J. Xu (Eds.), Towards adaptive CALL: Natural language processing for diagnostic language assessment (pp. 209‐227). Ames, IA: Iowa State University. https://apling.engl.iastate.edu/conferences/technology-for-second-language-learning-conference/tsll-2007/conference-agenda/. Posted with permission.