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washback effect

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Subject Linguistics

DOI: 10.1111/b.9780631214823.1999.x


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Also known as backwash, this is the effect (positive or negative) of testing on teaching. Influence may be beneficial, for example, when a test leads to improvement of syllabus and teaching. Negative backwash may occur when the test inadequately reflects course objectives, but exerts an influence on what is taught. (See language testing .) ( 1993 ). Does wash-back exist ? Applied Linguistics , 14/2 , 115 – 29 . ( 1995 ). The backwash effect: from testing to teaching . English Language Teaching Journal , 49/1 , 13 – 25 . ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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