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|Title:||Research on EFL Speaking Assessment in Taiwan|
Department of English, NTNU
This paper is a review of studies on the assessment of speaking ability conducted by Taiwanese researchers that were published between January 2001 and July 2006. Papers written by Taiwanese scholars that have been published in international and domestic journals as well as proceedings of conferences held in Taiwan are summarized. Based on a review of eighteen papers, it seems one of the main research focuses has been on the difficulty of speaking test tasks. Other topics that have been addressed are pausing pattern, self-assessment of speaking ability, and the use of technology to assess speaking. The paper presents a critical analysis of the existing studies and calls for more research into other aspects of speaking assessment such as diagnostic testing, strategies used in speaking tests, and portfolio testing of speaking. The paper also identifies seven additional topics in speaking assessment research that remain unexplored in Taiwan. Finally, the paper argues for the need for Taiwanese researchers to submit their works to peer-reviewed journals in order to facilitate wider access to the knowledge base that has already been established in this country.
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