01.11.2010

Related projects

The DIALUKI project is one of three sub-projects, which have the same objectives and related research questions, findings from which will be combined and compared in order to develop an empirically based model of the diagnosis of reading ability in a second or foreign language.

All three sub-projects are co-funded by the UK Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC).

See below for information about the two other sub-projects.

The ACER/ESRC Reading Project

Overall aim

This project aims to enhance our understanding of what affects item difficulty in tests of reading in one's first language or in the language of instruction. It will investigate methods for improving the reliability and validity of expert judgements of those features that contribute to the difficulty of reading tests for 15-year-olds, as developed for the 2009 PISA study. In addition, the project will compare the ability of English native speakers to read in English with their ability to read in French, German or Spanish.

Research questions

L1 and Second and Foreign Language reading, based on the PISA 2000 and 2009 tests of reading

  1. What features of task demands and texts best predict item and task difficulty?
  2. What process of describing item and task content and reaching agreement among judges will result in the greatest reliability of judges?
  3. What model of reading processes and text variables will be most helpful for test developers, response coders and teachers, to predict difficulty and to use pedagogically?
  4. How does ability to read in L1 relate to SFL reading ability?

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The Pearson/ESRC Reading Project

Overall aim

This project aims to enhance our understanding of what affects item difficulty in tests of reading in one's second or foreign language. The project will investigate the content and construct validity of a test of English for Academic Purposes, the diagnostic value of the resulting profiles of reading abilities, and the relationship between test developers’ intentions and test outcomes.

Research questions

Second and Foreign Language (SFL) reading, based on the Pearson Test of English (Academic)

  1. Which aspects of the constructs underlying SFL reading tests can expert judges agree upon?
  2. Which reported SFL reading skills have the greatest predictive validity and diagnostic utility?
  3. Which learner performance variables best predict item and task difficulty, and measures of learner ability?
  4. Which background learner variables best predict item and task difficulty, and measures of learner ability?

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