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4. The English Language Testing Service: The First Communicative Test, 1975-1989

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1. Title Title of document 4. The English Language Testing Service: The First Communicative Test, 1975-1989 - Assessing English on the Global Stage
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3. Subject Discipline(s) Applied Linguistics; Education
4. Subject Keyword(s) language testing; language evaluation; British Council; English Language Testing Service; 'Communicative' paradigm; English proficiency
5. Subject Subject classification language testing
6. Description Abstract Chapter 4 looks at how approaches to the testing and teaching of English were to change radically in the UK in the 1970s and 1980s as a result of a burgeoning interest in the ‘communicative approach’, which focused on how language is used in real life situations. It traces the British Council’s development of the innovative English Language Testing Service (ELTS) test, which was created within this communicative paradigm.   Through its significant involvement in developing ELTS, the British Council became the leading authority in this period on how to assess the English proficiency of overseas students wishing to study through the medium of English at tertiary level institutions in the UK. This marked an important adjunct to its long-term facilitative role in helping spread English examinations and more recently British approaches to language testing round the globe.  

7. Publisher Organizing agency, location Equinox Publishing Ltd
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9. Date (YYYY-MM-DD) 06-Jul-2017
10. Type Status & genre Peer-reviewed Article
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12. Format File format PDF
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14. Identifier Digital Object Identifier 10.1558/equinox.32598
15. Source Journal/conference title; vol., no. (year) Equinox eBooks Publishing; Assessing English on the Global Stage
16. Language English=en english
18. Coverage Geo-spatial location, chronological period, research sample (gender, age, etc.) international,
1970s; 1980s
19. Rights Copyright and permissions Copyright 2014 Equinox Publishing Ltd