n Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig - The development and validation of a rating scale for ESL essay writing
|Article Title||The development and validation of a rating scale for ESL essay writing|
|© Publisher:||South African Association for Language Teaching (SAALT)|
|Journal||Journal for Language Teaching = Ijenali Yekufundzisa Lulwimi = Tydskrif vir Taalonderrig|
|Affiliations||1 North-West University and 2 North-West University|
|Publication Date||Sep 2013|
|Pages||73 - 105|
|Keyword(s)||ESL writing, Multi-faceted Rasch measurement, Rating scale development, Scoring validity, Validation and Writing assessment|
This article describes an empirical procedure for developing and validating a rating scale for assessing essays in English as a second language. The study was motivated by a concern for the validity of the scoring grid currently used to assess ESL essay writing at Grade 12 in the final end-of-year examination in South Africa. Following an argument-based validation framework based on the work of Kane, we describe the development, trialling and revision of a rating scale. An empirical procedure, based on an analysis of a sample of Grade 12 ESL essay writing, was followed to develop a new rating scale. The validation process is presented in four phases as part of a specification of an evaluation inference.
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