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A review of genre-specific writing scales in ESL/EFL testing contexts


Nimehchisalem, Vahid and Hamidi, Amir (2016) A review of genre-specific writing scales in ESL/EFL testing contexts. Education Research Journal, 6 (1). pp. 25-31. ISSN 2026-6332


As an important part of language assessment, assessing English as a Second or Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) writing has long been the topic of interest among researchers. Writing scales have been used for quite some time in order to decrease the subjectivity of raters' evaluations. While most of the available scales are generic, there are also genre-specific scales which have been developed to be sensitive to the variations that are caused by different genres in the content, organization and structure of the written works to be evaluated. Having discussed the merits and challenges of using writing scales for evaluation purposes, the current paper presents some possible ways in which the usefulness of writing scales can be improved. The paper reviews a number of genre-specific writing scales and concludes with a discussion on their pedagogical implications.

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Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Modern Language and Communication
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Keywords: Writing skill; Writing genres; Writing scales; Genre-specific scales
Depositing User: Mohd Hafiz Che Mahasan
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2018 04:06
Last Modified: 12 Jun 2018 04:06
URI: http://psasir.upm.edu.my/id/eprint/54912
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