This chapter reports on the development and initial investigation of a new C-test for Turkish. By contrast with the minimal existing research on Turkish C-tests, which has focused on bilingual speakers, this study attempted to develop a Turkish C-test that would be effective in distinguishing different proficiency levels of Turkish foreign language learners. Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) skill-level descriptions were used in passage selection, to identify different levels of reading texts. The Turkish C-test items were developed based on the second-half deletion method, with several additional accommodations unique to the Turkish language. The test was administered to 37 learners of Turkish at different proficiency levels. Initial analyses indicate that the resulting assessment was quite reliable, and it was capable of accurately distinguishing multiple proficiency levels.
|Title of host publication||Developing C-tests for estimating proficiency in foreign language research|
|Editors||John M. Norris|
|Place of Publication||Frankfurt am Main, Germany|
|Publisher||Peter Lang International Academic Publishers|
|Number of pages||31|
|Publication status||Published - 23 Apr 2018|
|Name||Language Testing and Evaluation|
Demiralp, M. (2018). Designing a C-test for foreign language learners of Turkish. In J. M. Norris (Ed.), Developing C-tests for estimating proficiency in foreign language research (Vol. 39, pp. 173-203). (Language Testing and Evaluation). Peter Lang International Academic Publishers.