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Article title PERSONALITIES IN THE HISTORY OF LANGUAGE TESTING: BENJAMIN D. WOOD
Authors S.R. Baluyan
Section SECTION II. PROBLEMS OF PEDAGOGICS AND FOREIGN LANGUAGES TEACHING METHODS
Month, Year 10, 2013 @en
Index UDC 81:372.8
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Abstract Language testing is useful to view from a historical perspective. Methods of testing of the past continue to exist in modified forms and are valid for further investigation. This paper will provide a brief outline of the history of an ambitious language testing project undertaken in New York City by the principal designer of the tests Benjamin D. Wood in the 1920s. Wood had a long and distinguished career and contributed a great deal to language testing. His tests represented a fundamental improvement over old-style translation or composition tests and were widely used and influential for perhaps two decades afterwards.

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Keywords Language testing; history of testing; USA; Ben Wood; methods of testing.
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