The Use of Self-assessment in Second Language Assessment

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Yoko Saito


The current trends in learner-centered language teaching approaches, and a growing interest in “authenticity and interactiveness” (Bachman & Palmer, 1996) have led to a greater interest in expanding the use of second language self-assessment (Bachman, 2000; Calfee & Hiebert, 1991; Hamayan, 1995). Many language testers have been inspired to investigate whether students are able to make a meaningful contribution to their own evaluation. It would be ideal if the findings of all the empirical studies on the effectiveness of self-assessment were consistent; however, they have produced varying results which have made test administrators and teachers skeptical about implementing self-assessment in the assessment of second language ability.

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