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제목 Review of Language Testing for Specific Purposes
저자 Youn-Kyoung Lee
권/호 제23권 / 3호
출처 31-48
논문게재일 2015.09.30
초록 Lee, Youn-Kyoung. (2015). Review of Language Testing for Specific Purposes. The Linguistic Association of Korea Journal 23(3), 31-48. The present study aims at reviewing tests in business English which is a part of language for specific purposes (LSP) testing and related washback effects in this area of testing. In particular, the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) listening and reading tests, TOEIC writing tests, Oxford International Business English Certificate (OIBEC) and the Business Language Testing Service (BULATS) were analyzed in terms of degrees of test specificity and appropriateness of use in Korean business contexts. The results of the study showed that degrees of test specificity were different depending on the test even though all of the three tests are categorized into LSP testing; furthermore, these tests do not seem to be appropriate to use in Korean business contexts in order to evaluate test takers genuine business English ability. The study finally suggested future directions in this area of testing.
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