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Assessing reading

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Publication date16/12/2021
Host publicationThe Routledge Handbook of Language Testing
EditorsGlenn Fulcher, Luke Harding
Place of PublicationLondon
Number of pages14
ISBN (print)9781138385436
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This chapter begins with a brief historical overview of models of second/foreign language (L2) reading and ways of testing L2 reading ability. It then looks at task and reader characteristics that can affect performance on L2 reading tests, as found in previous empirical research. An overview is also given of research methods used in reading test research, and a number of practical recommendations are formulated on the development and evaluation of L2 reading tests. Finally, the chapter discusses implications of the present digital era for the construct of reading and the testing of L2 reading.