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Assessing Korean ESL Learners Interactional Competence through Oral Interviews and Paired Speaking Tasks: A Pilot Study

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Authors
Lee, Hwijung
Issue Date
2018-12
Publisher
Department of English Language and Literature, Seoul National University
Citation
SNU Working Papers in English Linguistics and Language, Vol.16, pp. 101-124
Keywords
speaking constructinteractional competenceoral interview taskpaired speaking task
Abstract
This paper is a preliminary empirical study. It explores several papers on validating Interactional Competence (IC), a construct that has been largely underrepresented in speaking tests, to understand its theoretical basis. Several complexities regarding IC test design and its evaluation methods are discussed. In this field of research oral interviews and paired speaking tasks are two types of tests widely used. The selection of the tasks is another issue to consider in answering the question namely, whether the scores for a co-constructed interaction should be assessed individually or mutually. A vast number of research focus on individualizing the scores due to issues of practicality. This study devises a scoring criteria that can be used for the mutual assessment of IC per pair in different kinds of tasks. Secondly, this study discusses several reliability issues regarding the rating of IC. Lastly, this study analyzes unique interactional features that distinguish oral interview tasks from paired speaking tasks.
Language
English
URI
https://hdl.handle.net/10371/147248
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College of Humanities (인문대학)English Language and Literature (영어영문학과)SNU working papers in English language and linguisticsSNU working papers in English language and linguistics Vol.16 (2018)
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