Washback on Chinese learners: An impact study of the College English Test Band 4

Washback on Chinese learners: An impact study of the College English Test Band 4

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Washback on Chinese learners: An impact study of the College English Test Band 4

Washback on learners was a topic seldom discussed in 1990s and has gotten more attention from the researchers since the 21st century. The argument that the quickest way to change student learning is to change the assessment system has been widely accepted. The impact study of the College English Test Band 4(CET4) in Mainland China challenged that idea. The CET4 is a large-scale national examination with high stakes at tertiary level and it has experienced the latest reform since 2005. The test designers hoped the current examination would change students’, language learning in a deep way. The study examined the washback of the CET4 on Chineseundergraduates by investigating six cases from their first day of college study to the day before they sat the CET4.The results of the study seem to indicate that only if the student studies towards the exam, the intended qualitative learning will hardly occur, especially in the period of exam preparation.

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