Randy Thrasher received his B.A. from Duke University in history in 1959, then a M.A. in English language from Michigan University in 1964 and a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the same school in 1974. He has taught at Okinawa Christian Junior College (1959 - 1962), Kwansei Gakuin University (1965 - 1980) and since 1980 has been at International Christian University. He is a founding member and currently vice-president of the Japan Language Testing Association. He worked under Jack Upshur in the Michigan English Language Institute's Testing Office and has published numerous books, tests, and teaching materials. This interview was conducted electronically in March-April 2001.
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Is not an absent friend as mysterious bulb in the ground,When you think what is involved in making sense of that last sentence you begin to realize the importance of Sperber and Wilson's point.
and is not a bulb the most captivating floral form.
Must it not have enthralled the Bible,
if we may infer from its selection?
"The lily of the field."
I never pass one without being chagrined for Solomon.
[ p. 13 ]The greatest need is to become more professional. We do a huge amount of testing, but usually never analyze the results or run item analyses. Few people ever publish the standard error of measurement of their tests or conduct validity studies. This is why a testing code of practice is needed. We need to hold the various testing bodies and those of us who are test writing teachers accountable for the quality of the tests that are produced.