Washback of national matriculation English test on students' learning in the Chinese secondary school context
Xiao, Yangyu, Sharpling, Gerard P. and Liu, Hongyun. (2011) Washback of national matriculation English test on students' learning in the Chinese secondary school context. Asian EFL Journal, Vol.13 (Iss.3). pp. 103-129. ISSN 1738-1460Full text not available from this repository.
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Tests play a powerful role in the Chinese educational system, and exert significant washback on students‘ learning. This study investigates the washback effect of the high-stakes National Matriculation English Test (NMET) within a Chinese high school from the students‘ perspective. It considers, in particular, the washback effect on the process and product of learning from the standpoint of reading strategies and skills. By considering data collected from two questionnaires, a reading test and a series of semi-structured interviews, the study shows that although the development of learning strategies and reading skills is overshadowed by the high-stakes nature of the test, students show an ability to use metacognitive, compensation and affective language 104 learning strategies, and attainment in reading skills, by coping well with the modified authentic texts used as the basis for the test paper administered by the researchers. The current study also offers some thoughts on issues behind the strong washback that emerges in the study, and makes suggestions in regards to bringing more formative types of assessment into the classroom.
|Item Type:||Journal Article|
|Subjects:||L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
|Divisions:||Faculty of Social Sciences > Centre for Applied Linguistics|
|Journal or Publication Title:||Asian EFL Journal|
|Publisher:||Time Taylor International Ltd.|
|Official Date:||September 2011|
|Number of Pages:||27|
|Page Range:||pp. 103-129|
|Access rights to Published version:||Restricted or Subscription Access|
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