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Graham Hall

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This house believes that language testing does more harm than good

To propose the motion: Richard Smith (University of Warwick, UK)
To oppose: Anthony Green (University of Bedfordshire, UK)

Chair: Graham Hall (ELT Journal)

A remarkable amount of time is devoted to testing and assessment in ELT – by teachers and learners, by schools and institutions, and, of course, by test designers and administrators themselves. Whilst tests are disliked by many teachers and learners, others argue that testing is a ‘necessary evil’, or even that ‘teachers need testers’. Thus, who gains and who loses from testing and assessment in ELT? Indeed, does language testing do more harm than good? Our two speakers will debate the issues surrounding language testing in ELT.