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Language (General)


The practice of language assessment, both in children and adult populations, has been undertaken from various perspectives, and its evolution mirrors to some extent the development of Psychology as a scientific discipline from the first decades of the twentieth century. In this regard, there are two most influential lines of thought, generally known as the psychometric and the cognitive approaches. Since there are a number of background theoretical issues concerning the nature of language as an object of scientific inquiry that have an important bearing on either approach to language assessment, we will begin by briefly addressing these theoretical issues. This will lead us to describe the main strategies used for language assessment purposes, and to review the main components or processing levels of language ...

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