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Reading in a Foreign Language: A refereed online journal of issues in foreign language reading and literacy
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Reading in a Foreign Language (RFL) is a refereed online journal, jointly sponsored by the University of Hawai`i NFLRC and the Department of Second Language Studies. RFL serves as an excellent source for the latest developments in the field, both theoretical and pedagogic, including improving standards for foreign language reading.

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An investigation of second language task-based performance assessments
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Drawing on the second language performance assessment item specifications created in Norris, Brown, Hudson, and Yoshioka (1998), this volume describes the creation of actual performance assessment instruments and their validation. After briefly reviewing the background to the project, the book explains the test and rating scale development processes and the administration of the resulting seven-task tests to 60 students from the University of Hawai‘i (30 on Form P and 30 on Form Q) and 30 Kanda University of International Studies (on Form J). The results based on task-dependent, task-independent, and self-rating scales are examined in terms of descriptive statistics, multi-faceted Rasch model analyses, reliability estimates, and correlational analyses. These results are discussed at length in terms of the effects of test revision, and in terms of comparisons among the task-dependent, task-independent, and self-rating scales especially with regard to their reliability and validity.

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Developing Korean language performance assessments
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This Research Note reports on a task-based performance assessment development project for Korean as a foreign language through the National Foreign Language Resource Center at the University of Hawai`i. It contains an overview of college-level Korean language teaching and testing in the United States as well as an introduction to task-based performance assessment in general and the design of performance assessment tasks using test and item specifications in particular. Questionnaire forms used and prototype tasks developed in English and Korean are presented in the appendices.

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