Guidelines for Developing a Reading Test in EFL Context
13 Pages Posted: 24 Feb 2020
Date Written: September 12, 2019
Reading as a skill and activity involves a number of complexities such as processing information and performing specific tasks that ensue in some specific contexts. In EFL context, reading extends to some important issues particularly to the classroom setting, learning process and sociocultural aspects where EFL learners live and learn the skill of reading. This article aims to share practical guidelines in developing reading tests in EFL context. The guidelines are anchored on a number of testing research and experimentation highlighting test design, practicalities of integration and contextualization. Adding to the guidelines, some strategies for reading are included to establish the notion that understanding important concepts of the strategies can also support teachers develop effective reading tests. Furthermore, sample reading tests and exercises as well are provided to offer new perspectives on effective reading comprehension routines. Additionally, embedded in the reading tests are set of practices relating to question types that are hoped to be useful in helping EFL learners increase their control over reading strategies and hopefully become independent learners in EFL reading classroom.
Keywords: EFL Context, reading strategies, test
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