4. Speaking Tests and Interactive Listening Construct

Assessing Speaking - Current and Future Perspectives - Fumiyo Nakatsuhara

Fumiyo Nakatsuhara [+-]
University of Bedfordshire
Fumiyo Nakatsuhara is Reader in Language Assessment at CRELLA, University of Bedfordshire.
Vivien Berry [+-]
British Council
Vivien Berry is Senior Researcher in Language Assessment at the British Council.


Chapter 4 deals with interactive speaking tests that are tapping into an interactive listening construct. The chapter shows the extent to which interactive speaking tests (e.g. the interview format, peer-peer format) are testing test-takers’ listening ability as well as speaking ability, and how interactive listening skills can be assessed through speaking tests. In both chapters, the authors discuss how rating scales and rating systems can cater for the assessment of interactional competence and interactive listening skills.

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Nakatsuhara, Fumiyo; Berry, Vivien. 4. Speaking Tests and Interactive Listening Construct. Assessing Speaking - Current and Future Perspectives. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. Oct 2025. ISBN 9780000000000. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=40214. Date accessed: 27 Sep 2023 doi: 10.1558/equinox.40214. Oct 2025

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