Several Problems about Developing a Descriptor Pool of China Common Framework for English Proficiency Scale

[Author(s)]:Zhu Zhengcai 

  Journal: China Examinations, 2015, Issue 4

  Author: Zhu Zhengcai

  Institution: Shanghai Jiao Tong University  

  Abstract: In this paper, several problems about developing a descriptor pool are discussed, including language ability construct, psychometrics model and parameter description system of the scale, the semantic structure of the “can do” description and the source of the descriptors, etc. The paper also emphasizes the importance of the social culture and ideology in constructing English Proficiency Scale in China.

  Key Words: Examination and Enrollment System Reform; Foreign Language Testing and Assessment; Language Ability Construct; Behavioral Anchored Rating Scale; Can-Do Description