In order to support the production of high-quality exam materials, LanguageCert makes use of both internal and external research and validation resources.
The Socio-cognitive Framework, developed by Weir (2007), has provided the LanguageCert research and development teams with helpful ways of structuring thinking on the interaction of a range of important elements in the testing process. Of particular relevance here are issues such as constructs being assessed and candidate and contextual variables that might impact on test fairness. The Weir Framework has also helped us to identify the cognitive processes required to complete tasks, the dependability of test scores and the impact that LanguageCert assessments have. In addition, it has helped with the structuring of evidence that that allows us to demonstrate that LanguageCert tests perform as intended; that they are fair, reliable and valid.
Recent publications of relevance to the validation, reliability, quality and impact of LanguageCert examinations are provided below.
Poupounaki-Lappa, P., Peristeri, T., & Coniam, D. (2021). Towards a communicative test of reading and language use for Classical Greek. Journal of Classics Teaching, 22 (44).
Lee, T., Milanovic, M., Coniam, D., & Pike, N. (2021). Externally-referenced anchoring: equating expert judgement and Rasch measurement values in LanguageCert IESOL English language tests. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Papargyris, Y. & Lampropoulou, L. (2021). The development and delivery of online-proctored speaking exams: The case of LanguageCert International ESOL, in ALTE (2021). Safeguarding the future of multilingual assessment in the post-covid world – Proceedings of the ALTE 7th International Conference, 22-24 April 2020, Madrid.
Coniam, D., Lee, T., Milanovic, M. & Pike, N. (2021). Validating the LanguageCert Test of English scale: The paper-based tests. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Coniam, D. & Babatsi, M. (2021). Task equivalence in LanguageCert IESOL Writing tests. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Coniam, D., & Papargyris, Y. (2021). Examiner quality and consistency across LanguageCert Writing tests. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Coniam, D., Lee, T., & Lampropoulou, L. (2021). Identifying guessing in English language tests via Rasch fit statistics: An exploratory study. English Language Teaching, 14(4).
Coniam, D., & Lee, T. (2021). Potential bias in LanguageCert IESOL items: A Differential Item Functioning analysis. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Cheilari, A., & Coniam, D. (2021). Process approaches to the teaching of writing. ELTNEWS, 361, 24-29.
Milanovic, M., & Cheilari, A. (2021). LanguageCert – A multilingual language testing system. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Coniam, D., & Lampropoulou, L. (2020). A review of LanguageCert IESOL Listening and Reading test reliabilities 2018-2020. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Cheilari, A., & Coniam, D. (2020). Preparing for teaching exam classes in the new school year. ELTNEWS, 360, 16-19.
Lampropoulou, L., & Papargyris, Y. (2019). External validation of LanguageCert’s English language examinations. London, UK: LanguageCert. Download
Green, A. (2019). Relating LanguageCert Communicator to the CEFR. Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment: University of Bedfordshire, UK. Download
UK NARIC. (2019). LanguageCert ESOL International Qualifications: Independent CEFR Referencing – Executive Summary Report. National Recognition Information Centre for the United Kingdom: Cheltenham, UK. Download
O’Sullivan, B. (2008). City & Guilds Communicator Level IESOL Examination (B2) CEFR Linking Project Case Study Report. Roehampton University, UK. Download