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Knowing the test takers: investigating Chinese and Indian EFL/ESL students’ performance on PTE Academic

Knowing the test takers: investigating Chinese and Indian EFL/ESL students’ performance on PTE Academic
Knowing the test takers: investigating Chinese and Indian EFL/ESL students’ performance on PTE Academic
The study investigated Chinese and Indian test takers’ performance on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and their motivation and anxiety-related factors and linguistic confidence. The association between the affective variables investigated and test performance was compared between test takers from these two countries that have the highest number of English as second language (ESL) and English as foreign language (EFL) students. The results indicated that: a) Chinese and Indian students differ in their PTE Academic performance; b) observed score differences between test takers from the two countries can be partially explained by the variance in their affective factors in English learning and testing. The study suggests that a score profile which contains not only overall scores but also communicative scores and enabling scores can provide additional relevant information for diagnostic and placement purposes. EFL and ESL teachers need to take affective factors into consideration when understanding their students and placing them in different teaching groups and designing their tailored classroom activities.
PTE academic, global scale of english (GSE), affective factors, chinese and Indian test takers, motivation, anxiety, diagnostic implications
1738-1460
119-151
Zheng, Ying
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Wei, Wei
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Zheng, Ying
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Wei, Wei
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Zheng, Ying and Wei, Wei (2014) Knowing the test takers: investigating Chinese and Indian EFL/ESL students’ performance on PTE Academic. Asian EFL Journal, 16 (1), 119-151.

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The study investigated Chinese and Indian test takers’ performance on the Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) and their motivation and anxiety-related factors and linguistic confidence. The association between the affective variables investigated and test performance was compared between test takers from these two countries that have the highest number of English as second language (ESL) and English as foreign language (EFL) students. The results indicated that: a) Chinese and Indian students differ in their PTE Academic performance; b) observed score differences between test takers from the two countries can be partially explained by the variance in their affective factors in English learning and testing. The study suggests that a score profile which contains not only overall scores but also communicative scores and enabling scores can provide additional relevant information for diagnostic and placement purposes. EFL and ESL teachers need to take affective factors into consideration when understanding their students and placing them in different teaching groups and designing their tailored classroom activities.

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e-pub ahead of print date: March 2014
Published date: March 2014
Keywords: PTE academic, global scale of english (GSE), affective factors, chinese and Indian test takers, motivation, anxiety, diagnostic implications
Organisations: Modern Languages and Linguistics

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Local EPrints ID: 357313
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/357313
ISSN: 1738-1460
PURE UUID: 8c3372e4-62b7-4ecc-b8ec-2537376cbf1b
ORCID for Ying Zheng: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0003-2574-0358

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Date deposited: 24 Sep 2013 10:19
Last modified: 18 Feb 2021 17:23

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