Document Type

Journal Article

Publisher

Routledge

Faculty

Faculty of Education and Arts

School

School of Communication and Arts

RAS ID

12466

Comments

This article was originally published as: Malcolm, I. G. (2011). Issues in English language assessment of Indigenous Australians. Language Assessment Quarterly, 8(2), Original article available here

Abstract

Although English is widely used by Indigenous Australians as the main means of communication, national testing has consistently raised questions as to the level of their English language and literacy achievement. This article examines contextual factors (historical, linguistic, cultural, socio-political and educational) which underlie this situation and calls for a more context-sensitive approach to the English language assessment of Indigenous Australians.

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