Assessing Foreign/Second Language Writing Ability


Assessing writing skills is one of the most problematic areas in language testing. It is made even more important because good writing ability is very much sought after by higher education institutions and employers. To this end, good teachers spend a lot of time ensuring that their writing assessment practices are valid and reliable. This paper explores the main practical issues that teachers often face when evaluating the writing work of their students. It will consider issues and solutions in five major areas: test design; test administration; ways to assess writing; feedback to students; and effects on pedagogy.

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