Readability Formulae, Cloze Tests, and Computerized Textual Analysis for Testing Language Skills

John Ludbrook (Editor)
The University of Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
The University of Adelaide, Adelaide, South Australia

Series: Mathematics Research Developments
BISAC: MAT000000

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The family of cloze tests is designed to evaluate grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension by making use of communication theory and the redundancy principle. The most popular are the classical cloze procedure and the C-test. Both are reasonably reliable, but the former is arguably the more valid.

Both have been used in many countries and many languages as part of the testing of scholastic ability in the candidates’ native languages or in second languages, though using trained assessors remains the yardstick. The Coh-Metrix project examines the coherence of text according to 60 categories, but is still in the course of development and seems not to be flawless. This new book discusses nine popular readability formulae which evaluate a piece of English text in terms of the age or grade level of school students. (Imprint: Nova)

INTRODUCTION

VALIDITY AND RELIABILITY IN LANGUAGE TESTING

READABILITY FORMULAE

THE FAMILY OF CLOZE TESTS

THE COH-METRIX PROJECT

LEXICAL ANALYSIS

CONCLUSION

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS

REFERENCES

APPENDIX

INDEX

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