Assessing EAP: Theory and practice in Assessment Literacy Handbook

Anthony Manning


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ISBN: 9781782602262

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Assessing EAP: Theory and practice in Assessment Literacy provides EAP educators with a series of practical and accessible tools to assist in the process of developing and interpreting EAP tests and assessments.

Assessing EAP is designed with busy EAP professionals in mind and can either be followed as a complete course, or used where necessary to focus on particular areas of the EAP testing and assessment process.

Assessing EAP seeks to build a transferable framework of skills which will enhance the Assessment Literacy of educators responsible for creating EAP tests and assessments in a range of different contexts.

The book contains 15 chapters, underpinned by research, and backed up with a list of recommended further reading. Each chapter contains a number of tasks which encourage the application of the theories in focus. Extension activities and a model for communicating good practice to stakeholders are provided at the end of each chapter, so that the key skills of EAP departments can be highlighted and communicated effectively. A glossary also defines the technical terms which have been referred to in the book.

Format: Paperback


EAP assessment purpose and function

Understanding construct validity in EAP assessment

Using test specifications to build EAP tests

Identifying and sampling the EAP that needs to be assessed

Preventing problems in EAP testing before they arise

Encouraging engagement, collaboration and research in EAP assessment

Marking, grading and the assessment of EAP for learning

Text selection, authenticity and specificity

Understanding statistics and how descriptive procedures can be used

to analyze EAP test results

Inferential statistics and applications in EAP assessment



Building EAP test Assessment Literacy amongst stakeholders

Learning from large-scale standardized EAP tests

EAP assessment voices

Author details

Dr Anthony Manning is Dean for Internationalisation at the University of Kent and was formerly Director of the Centre for English and World Languages.

Anthony is one of the original creators of the TASK (Transferable Academic Skills Kit) series and he remains one of the main authors of the second edition of this range of books.

Also for Garnet, Anthony has written Assessing EAP and English for Language and Linguistics as part of the ESAP series. Anthony has written a number of other books and journal contributions for other publishers.

Before joining the University of Kent, Anthony was Assistant Director to what is now the International Study and Language Institute at the University of Reading. Anthony also taught in France, Germany, China and Japan. He has also been a lecturer at a Japanese College situated within the University of Durham, and at an International College in Reading.

Anthony has a Doctorate in Education and Applied Linguistics with a focus on language testing. He has delivered seminar papers at ALTE, IATEFL, InForm and BALEAP conferences on the subject of English for academic purposes, language assessment and academic skills development.


"In this new contribution to EAP bookshelves, Manning presents a framework of skills and strategies for EAP assessment practitioners in a clear, highly-readable style. It is accessible, I am sure, even for newcomers to the field of language testing, and I have no doubt that it will become a valuable tool in the promotion of assessment literacy in EAP. In short, it is essential reading for all EAP assessment practitioners."

Lyndon Taylor, BALEAP Book review

"It is a very stimulating book which rightly promotes assessment of literacy, the ideas of which can be incorporated into EAP sections of ELT Masters and Delta courses. Time should be given to incorporate such techniques to develop fair, equitable testing. Assessing EAP is a much-needed addition to the EAP educator's arsenal."

Jonathan Clark, IATEFL Voices