Contextualising the CEFR: the Universiti Malaysia Pahang english language proficiency writing test

Zarina, Mohd Ali and Fatimah, Ali and Noor Raha, Mohd Radzuan and Nik Aloesnita, Nik Mohd Alwi and Noor Lide, Abu Kassim and Zuraida, Mohd Don (2018) Contextualising the CEFR: the Universiti Malaysia Pahang english language proficiency writing test. In: 11th Annual International Conference of Education, Research And Innovation (ICERI 2018) , 12 - 14 November 2018 , Seville, Spain (Convention Center, Barceló Renacimiento Hotel). p. 1.. (Unpublished)

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The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has made a significant impact on language testing worldwide, particularly on the English language proficiency test (EPT). Many countries including the United States, Canada and Australia have begun aligning their language assessments with CEFR. Although it has been applied worldwide, CEFR arguably lacks connection with stakeholders, socioeducational contexts as well as empirical validation. Much of the criticism revolves around a neglect of non-European contexts. Studies which concentrated on both directly and indirectly CEFR-aligned English language tests within the contexts of Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan have been published. In Malaysia, its English Language Roadmap 2015-2025 takes into consideration aspects of teaching, learning and assessment of the English language based on the six CEFR levels. Therefore, higher education institutions will need to respond to this roadmap by aligning their English language tests to these standards. Nevertheless, to date, no similar studies have been documented within the context of Malaysia. Hence, this paper seeks to fill the gap in the literature by presenting the early stage works on the contextualisation of the comprehensive yet non-exhaustive CEFR to suit the needs and demands of Universiti Malaysia Pahang English Language Proficiency Test stakeholders. The present study has given emphasis on writing because it is usually considered the most important at tertiary level education. Through writing, language functions not only as the transmitter of knowledge or enabler for communication but also as a mediating tool for the thinking process that is manifested in written form. Aligning locally-developed EPT to the CEFR standards will not only provide evidence of test takers’ level of proficiency but the alignment will also give the local EPT a value-added advantage in terms of the marketability of the CEFR-aligned EPT.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Lecture)
Uncontrolled Keywords: Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR); Contextualisation; English language proficiency test (EPT); Writing
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
T Technology > T Technology (General)
Faculty/Division: Centre For Modern Languages and Human Sciences
Depositing User: Pn. Hazlinda Abd Rahman
Date Deposited: 13 Feb 2019 02:17
Last Modified: 13 Feb 2019 02:17
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