English Language Assessment and the Chinese Learner by Liying Cheng, Andy Curtis

By Liying Cheng, Andy Curtis

'This quantity addresses a really well timed and demanding subject, and gives either wide and in-depth assurance of a couple of large-scale English checks in China, together with Hong Kong and Taiwan, and in regards to the chinese language learner.'Lyle F. Bachman, From the Foreword

Building on present theoretical and useful frameworks for English language overview and checking out, this booklet provides a entire, updated, proper photo of English language review for college students in China (Mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan) and for chinese language inexperienced persons of English world wide. Written by way of well-recognized foreign students in language checking out, it covers:

  • the historical past of exams and trying out structures, concerns and demanding situations, and present study in China
  • both test-designers’ and test-users’ issues of view on try out improvement and try validation inside various political, within your means, social, and fiscal contexts in China
  • theoretical/conceptual views at the use of the English language overview at diversified degrees, together with societal, collage, and faculties
  • empirical study similar in particular to check improvement, curricular innovation, and try out validation

Given the lengthy historical past of aim trying out and its large use in chinese language society, and contemplating the sheer variety of scholars taking numerous checks in English in China and in other places, an figuring out of the influence of English language checking out is vital for somebody fascinated by trying out and evaluation concerns in China and somewhere else on the planet. it is a must-read quantity for trying out and review coverage makers, curriculum designers, researchers, ESL/EFL fabrics writers, graduate scholars, and English language teachers/researchers in any respect levels.

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High-Stakes Testing: Coping With Collateral Damage by R. Murray Thomas

By R. Murray Thomas

The federal government's No baby Left at the back of Act has thrust high-stakes testing - its targets, equipment, and results - into the academic limelight. The four-fold goal of this ebook is to: describe the character of high-stakes checking out; establish kinds of collateral harm that experience attended the trying out courses; study tools diversified teams of individuals have selected for dealing with the wear and recommend classes to be realized from the high-stakes-testing event. The six teams of individuals whose coping concepts are inspected comprise: politicians and their staffs; academic directors and their staffs; mom and dad and the general public; try makers and try administrators;  academics and students. Importantly, the writer avoids aligning himself with the test-bashing rhetoric of these who oppose high-stakes trying out, in particular the No baby Left in the back of Act.Key good points of this striking new booklet comprise: illustrative instances. The e-book deals greater than 350 situations of collateral harm from high-stakes testing--and people's coping strategies--as stated in newspapers over the 2002-2004 interval. heritage views. half I examines the effect of high-stakes trying out on: 1) what faculties train; 2) how scholar development is evaluated; three) how fulfillment criteria are set; and four) how attempt effects are used. player responses. half II, that is the guts of the publication, devotes a separate bankruptcy to the coping ideas of every of the most important members within the high-stakes trying out move: politicians and their staffs, academic directors and their staffs, mom and dad and the general public, test-makers and test-givers, lecturers, and scholars. precis bankruptcy. The final bankruptcy (Lessons to profit) bargains feedback for minimizing collateral harm through adopting substitute methods no longer utilized in the construction of our present high-stakes trying out courses, quite the federal government's No baby Left in the back of Act. This booklet is suitable for any of the subsequent audiences: scholars taking overview or management classes in colleges of schooling, inservice directors and lecturers, coverage makers, and people participants of most of the people who're excited about the destiny of education in the USA.

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Capturing Wealth from Tuna: Case Studies from the Pacific by Kate Barclay

By Kate Barclay

The Western and important Pacific Ocean is domestic to the most important tuna fishery on the earth - round half the world’s tuna offer - and is a crucial monetary source for Pacific island international locations. the potential for the Pacific tuna fishery to give a contribution to fiscal improvement within the Pacific island international locations is gigantic, yet would require a cooperative nearby technique to maximise entry charges from far-off water fishing international locations, in addition to precise household coverage and laws to motivate neighborhood fishing industries. including the significance of performing strategically with reference to the sort of variable source, the lesson of fisheries administration globally is that it's premiere while it takes into account social, cultural and political contexts. in accordance with an intensive research of six Pacific island states, taking pictures Wealth from Tuna maps out the aspirations and barriers of six Pacific island international locations and proposes thoughts for shooting extra wealth from this source in a sustainable and socially equitable demeanour.

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Islands in Turmoil: Elections and Politics in Fiji by Brij V Lal

By Brij V Lal

It's not a lot no matter if issues will not be as undesirable as they should be or might have been. it really is, really, no matter if issues might have been far better. through rights, the island kingdom of Fiji could be thriving. it's simply the main built state within the South Pacific; it's a hub for neighborhood transportation and conversation hyperlinks, the house of foreign diplomatic, academic and relief companies, with a skilled multiethnic inhabitants. but, seeing that its independence it has suffered army coups in 1987 and an tried putsch in 2000, leading to strained associations, and disrupted advancements to crucial infrastructure, and to academic, social and clinical companies. [C:\Users\Microsoft\Documents\Calibre Library]

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The Melendez Forgotten Marriage (Harlequin Presents) by Melanie Milburne

By Melanie Milburne

While fragile Emelia woke up from her coma she had no recollection of the strikingly good-looking guy earlier than her, whose eyes glittered like fine-cut gems--hard and impenetrable. yet he aroused "something" inside her....Javier Melendez had wed Emelia for comfort and bedded her for excitement. the foundations in position in the course of their marriage had desirable him completely, and he'd ensured his trophy spouse adhered to them.... yet as Emelia's reminiscence slowly again, she appeared to be laboring below a misapprehension...that their marriage was once according to love!

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The Costarella Conquest (Harlequin Presents) by Emma Darcy

By Emma Darcy

Jake Freedman is biding his time ahead of exacting vengeance at the guy who destroyed his kinfolk. And if a blind date with Costarella's daughter will retain his bitterest enemy candy, Jake will don his bespoke Italian go well with and masks his cynicism with a killer smile.... Jake's practiced contact hooks the blameless Laura Costarella right into a harmful affair. however the treacherously tempting Laura is the single conquest Jake's ever wanted greater than the ruination of the Costarellas. it appears, subsequently, revenge is a dish top served red-hot!

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The pedagogical imagination : the republican legacy in by Leon Sachs

By Leon Sachs

French institution debates of contemporary years, that are at the same time debates concerning the French Republic’s id and values, have generated a spate of the world over winning literature and movie concerning schooling. whereas mainstream media and scholarly essays are inclined to deal with those works as trustworthy representations of lecture room fact, The Pedagogical Imagination takes a special approach.
In this examine of French schooling and republicanism as represented in twenty-first-century French literature and movie, Leon Sachs shifts our recognition from “what” literature and picture say approximately schooling to “how” they are saying it. He argues that an important literary and filmic remedies of French schooling in contemporary years—the works of Agnès Varda, Érik Orsenna, Abdellatif Kechiche, François Bégaudeau—do greater than basically depict the present-day university obstacle. They discover questions of schooling via experiments with form.

The Pedagogical Imagination indicates how such ideas interact present-day readers and audience in acts of interpretation that reproduce pedagogical rules of energetic, experiential learning—principles on the center of past due nineteenth-century academic reform that turned automobiles for the diffusion of republican ideology.


 

 

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Absent Without Leave. The Private War of Private Stanley by Paul Livingstone

By Paul Livingstone

Absent with no Leave follows 3 wide-eyed younger Australian males from their enlistment on the Sydney Showground in 1940 to the conflict within the center East and jungle war within the Asia-Pacific. inner most Stanley Livingston and his most sensible associates, Roy Lonsdale and Gordon Oxman, will be brothers-in-law in addition to brothers in fingers via the tip of the battle, as Stanley might marry Roy's sister Evelyn, whereas Gordon could marry Lilly Livingston, Stanley's more youthful sister.

In this situation the time period absent with out depart has no adverse connotation. among their center East and Pacific campaigns Privates Livingston and Oxman, and lots of in their fellow squaddies, deserted their devices to be with their household. those males weren't operating from conflict or accountability, yet to the provider in their households who desperately wanted them.

This can be an account of the civilian women and men again domestic, and of Stanley's destiny spouse, Evelyn. Evelyn's struggle is a narrative in itself, via day riveting...

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On the Edge of the Global: Modern Anxieties in a Pacific by Niko Besnier

By Niko Besnier

Life in twenty-first century Tonga is rife with uncertainties. even though the postcolonial island nation can give the looks of balance and order, there's a malaise that pervades lifestyle, a disquiet rooted within the feeling that the dual forces of ''progress'' and ''development''—and the doubtless inevitable wealth distribution that follows from them—have bypassed the society.

Niko Besnier's illuminating ethnography analyzes the ways that segments of this small-scale society grapple with their transforming into nervousness and carry directly to varied understandings of what modernity ability. How should still or not it's made suitable to neighborhood contexts? the way it should still mesh with practices and logos of culture? within the daily lives of Tongans, the load of ameliorations caused by neoliberalism and democracy press no longer within the summary, yet in separately major methods: the best way to make ends meet, tips to pay lip carrier to culture, and the way to give a latest self with out establishing oneself to ridicule. Adopting a wide-angled viewpoint that brings jointly political, financial, cultural, and social issues, this e-book specializes in the interface among the several varieties that sleek uncertainties take.

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