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Book review: Brown, H. Douglas (2004). Language assessment: Principles and classroom practices. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education. 324 pp. $48.00 paper. ISBN 0—13—098834—0; Brown, James Dean (2005). Testing in language programs: A comprehensive guide to English language assessment. New York: McGraw-Hill. 307 pp. $32.85 paper. ISBN 0—07—294836—1

273 Book reviewBrown, H. Douglas (2004). Language assessment: Principles and classroom practices. White Plains, NY: Pearson Education. 324 pp. $48.00 paper. ISBN 0—13—098834—0Brown, James Dean (2005). Testing in language programs: A comprehensive guide to English language assessment. New York: McGraw-Hill. 307 pp. $32.85 paper. ISBN 0—07—294836—1 SAGE Publications, Inc.200810.1177/0265532207086784 JenniferLund Michigan State University Paula M.Winke Michigan State University Two new textbooks for introductory courses on language testing dif- ferentially clarify basic principles of language assessment for relatively similar audiences. Both H. Douglas Brown's Language Assessment: Principles and Classroom Practices and James Dean Brown's Testing in Language Programs: A Comprehensive Guide to English Language Assessment give excellent and concise summaries of the processes involved in test development, but they differ in that H. D. Brown's book views testing from the standpoint of the teacher in the language classroom, providing, in his own words, `a clear and reader-friendly' (p. ix) overview of the foundations of second language (L2) testing and specifically avoiding instruction on statistics related to testing – which could be viewed as allowing the course instructor more free- dom to teach test statistics in the manner and with supplements he or she chooses. In contrast, J. D. Brown's http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Language Testing SAGE

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