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Changing Tasks ... Changing Evidence: A Comparative Study of Two Speaking Proficiency Tests
India C. Plough, Fabiana MacMillan, and Stephen P. O'Connell
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A comparative study of two advanced-level speaking tests—one employing an interview between examiner and candidate and the other utilizing a paired format in a multi-stage decision-making task—is reported. Quantitative and qualitative analyses of the effects of task format on grammar complexity and linguistic functions produced by the learners taking both tests are discussed.

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Selected Proceedings of the 2010 Second Language Research Forum: Reconsidering SLA Research, Dimensions, and Directions
edited by Gisela Granena, Joel Koeth, Sunyoung Lee-Ellis, Anna Lukyanchenko, Goretti Prieto Botana, and Elizabeth Rhoades
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