Language policy in England and the English language tequirements for those seeking naturalization: does one test fit all? Issues of Fairness in ESOL testing and the policies that lie behind the tests.

Child, Leonora (2008) Language policy in England and the English language tequirements for those seeking naturalization: does one test fit all? Issues of Fairness in ESOL testing and the policies that lie behind the tests. MA dissertation, University of Portsmouth.

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    Abstract

    This paper examines the fairness of the Cambridge ESOL 'Skills for Life' test, which assesses the language levels of immigrants wishing to undergo the naturalization process in England. The data gathered through analysis of test materials, questionnaires and semi-structured interviews, were examined to establish the potential constructs that the test is built upon. It was found that the fairness of the test was threatened by the task items which lacked in authenticity and did not appear to fully take into account important test taker characteristics. Furthermore, those questioned felt that the variety of English used on the test, was not representative of the language variety used in the daily lives of many immigrants. Through analysis of policy documents, in conjunction with the comments raised in the interviews, it was argued that language policies in England appear to be working to limit the access immigrants have to, if not citizenship, then above minimum wage work.

    Item Type: Dissertation
    Departments/Research Groups: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Languages and Area Studies
    Depositing User: Jane Polwin
    Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2011 12:48
    Last Modified: 28 Jan 2015 11:15
    URI: http://eprints.port.ac.uk/id/eprint/665

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