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Assessing L2 Students with Learning and Other Disabilities

Editor(s): George Spanoudis, Dina Tsagari
Contributors: Lana Loumbourdi, Keira Ballantyne, Florina Erbeli, Gad Elbeheri, Geraldine Ludbrook, Jayanti Banerjee,

Book Description

This edited volume discusses the theoretical, ethical and practical considerations involved in the assessment of Second Language Learners (SLLs) with Specific Language Learning Disorders (SpLD), such as dyslexia and Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder, and with other disabilities like visual and hearing impairments. The volume contains 14 chapters. These explore various theoretical models and research findings that identify and evaluate the language and special needs of SLLs with SpLD and other disabilities and evaluate the effectiveness of the accommodation practices employed so far. The studies involve both high-stakes tests and classroom-based assessments conducted by professionals and researchers working in the areas of psychology, special education and second/foreign language testing and assessment from various countries around the globe, including the USA, Canada, New Zealand and European countries such as Italy, UK, Greece, Germany, and Slovenia. The volume accommodates high-quality submissions that cover a gap in a research area that has long been in need of theoretical and empirical attention. This volume will become a valuable point of reference and springboard for future research initiatives.


ISBN-13: 978-1-4438-5136-7
ISBN-10: 1-4438-5136-1
Date of Publication: 07/08/2013
Pages / Size: 315 / A5
Price: £49.99


Dina Tsagari is Lecturer in Applied Linguistics/TEFL at the Department of English Studies at the University of Cyprus. Her main interests are EFL/ESL testing and assessment, teaching/learning, teacher training, materials design and evaluation. She has conducted research in Hong Kong, Cyprus, Greece and other European countries, and is the author of several articles, book chapters as well as the editor of several volumes. She has given papers and plenary presentations in several countries and is the co-ordinator of the Classroom-based Language Assessment SIG, affiliated to EALTA.

George Spanoudis is Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology at the University of Cyprus. His research interests include cognitive development, intelligence, and language disorders. He is currently investigating age-related changes in intelligence and language learning disorders using behavioural and event-related potential techniques. He also works on the application of statistical models in psychological data and is particularly interested in structural equation modelling and multivariate data analysis for discrete or categorical data.