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Pages: 4892-4902
Publication year: 2018
ISBN: 978-84-09-05948-5
ISSN: 2340-1095
doi: 10.21125/iceri.2018.2114

Conference name: 11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation
Dates: 12-14 November, 2018
Location: Seville, Spain

CONTEXTUALISING THE CEFR: THE UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PAHANG ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WRITING TEST

Z. Mohd Ali1, F. Ali1, N.R. Mohd Radzuan1, N.A. Nik Mohd Alwi1, N.L. Abu Kassim2, Z. Mohd Don3

1Universiti Malaysia Pahang (MALAYSIA)
2International Islamic University Malaysia (MALAYSIA)
3University of Malaya (MALAYSIA)
The Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) has made a significant impact on language testing worldwide, particularly on the English language proficiency test (EPT). Many countries including the United States, Canada and Australia have begun aligning their language assessments with CEFR. Although it has been applied worldwide, CEFR arguably lacks connection with stakeholders, socioeducational contexts as well as empirical validation. Much of the criticism revolves around a neglect of non-European contexts. Studies which concentrated on both directly and indirectly CEFR-aligned English language tests within the contexts of Asian countries such as Japan and Taiwan have been published. In Malaysia, its English Language Roadmap 2015-2025 takes into consideration aspects of teaching, learning and assessment of the English language based on the six CEFR levels. Therefore, higher education institutions will need to respond to this roadmap by aligning their English language tests to these standards. Nevertheless, to date, no similar studies have been documented within the context of Malaysia. Hence, this paper seeks to fill the gap in the literature by presenting the early stage works on the contextualisation of the comprehensive yet non-exhaustive CEFR to suit the needs and demands of Universiti Malaysia Pahang English Language Proficiency Test stakeholders. The present study has given emphasis on writing because it is usually considered the most important at tertiary level education. Through writing, language functions not only as the transmitter of knowledge or enabler for communication but also as a mediating tool for the thinking process that is manifested in written form. Aligning locally-developed EPT to the CEFR standards will not only provide evidence of test takers’ level of proficiency but the alignment will also give the local EPT a value-added advantage in terms of the marketability of the CEFR-aligned EPT.
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author = {Mohd Ali, Z. and Ali, F. and Mohd Radzuan, N.R. and Nik Mohd Alwi, N.A. and Abu Kassim, N.L. and Mohd Don, Z.},
title = {CONTEXTUALISING THE CEFR: THE UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PAHANG ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WRITING TEST},
series = {11th annual International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation},
booktitle = {ICERI2018 Proceedings},
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doi = {10.21125/iceri.2018.2114},
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location = {Seville, Spain},
month = {12-14 November, 2018},
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DO - 10.21125/iceri.2018.2114
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Z. Mohd Ali, F. Ali, N.R. Mohd Radzuan, N.A. Nik Mohd Alwi, N.L. Abu Kassim, Z. Mohd Don (2018) CONTEXTUALISING THE CEFR: THE UNIVERSITI MALAYSIA PAHANG ENGLISH LANGUAGE PROFICIENCY WRITING TEST, ICERI2018 Proceedings, pp. 4892-4902.
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