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Implications of Tests for Building English Speaking Skills: A comparative study of the TOEFL iBT and TOEIC speaking tests
Kristianstad University, School of Teacher Education.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (One Year)), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Oral ability is an embodiment of the ability to communicate in the language. Language researchers pay increasing attention to speaking nowadays. It is well reflected in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and the Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC). This essay employs the speaking sections of TOEFL iBT (internet-based test), the most widely accepted English proficiency test for academic uses, and TOEIC, the much used English proficiency test for commercial uses, as subjects to carry out a comparative study of target skills so as to find implications for English learners. English learners can make use of language tests to learn what skills they should focus on. From this study, it is found that speaking skills are not merely about speaking. It is a combination of listening and reading skills. Thus, English learners should practise listening and reading as well as speaking in order to build their English speaking skills.

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2011.
Keyword [en]
language test, TOEFL iBT, TOEIC, elicitation technique, English speaking skills
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Social Sciences Pedagogy
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hkr:diva-8276OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hkr-8276DiVA: diva2:427860
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Social and Behavioural Science, Law
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Available from: 2011-06-30 Created: 2011-06-29 Last updated: 2011-06-30Bibliographically approved

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