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New CER descriptors

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The CEFR Companion Volume with New Descriptors (Provisional Edition) is now available. The French version will be published in late autumn. It is intended as a complement to the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages: Learning, teaching, assessment (CEFR). It represents another important step in a process that has been pursued by the Council of Europe since 1971 and owes much to the contributions of members of the language teaching profession across Europe and beyond. The “Companion Volume” is the Council of Europe’s response to requests that have been made by the groups involved in the field of language education to complement the original illustrative scales with more descriptors. In addition to the extended illustrative descriptors, it contains an introduction to the aims and main principles of the CEFR.
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Assessing oral communication: Ockey & Li, 2015

Assessing oral communication: Ockey & Li, 2015 | TELT | Scoop.it
The assessment of oral communication has continued to evolve over the past few decades. The construct being assessed has broadened to include interactional competence, and technology has played a role in the types of tasks that are currently popular.
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Overview of 5 types of assessment: oral proficiency interview, pair/group discussion, simulated task, integrated task and elicited imitation.

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Assessing learners' speaking skills

Assessing learners' speaking skills | TELT | Scoop.it

Assessing speaking is always difficult.  One of the biggest problems I always find is whether I am actually assessing their speaking or whether I am assessing their spoken production of grammar and vocabulary. 

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Or indeed their personality, or our perception of their intelligence ..

 

Radar chart from Rob Szabó and Pete Rutherford

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Krashen unplugged: TESOL Academic video

Prof. Stephen Krashen talks about a wide range of issues including comprehensible input, explicit teaching methods, excessive testing, standardisation, commo...
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Twenty minute interview on language/literacy and the politics of education.  Recommends http://www.susanohanian.org/ and http://dianeravitch.net/

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Nik's Daily English Activities: Take a Quick English Test

Nik's Daily English Activities: Take a Quick English Test | TELT | Scoop.it
Nik Peachey:
"If you aren't sure which exam to take or what you level is, today's activity could help you a little. It uses two websites, one produced by Cambridge ESOL to test your level and the other Exam English to help you practice for a test."
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QUIZSLIDES: Online Quizzes Created With Powerpoint. « DE Tools of the Trade

QUIZSLIDES: Online Quizzes Created With Powerpoint. « DE Tools of the Trade | TELT | Scoop.it

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"QUIZSLIDES allows users to pub­lish quizzes and exams online. Notice I said “pub­lish”. The actual quiz is cre­ated with Pow­er­point. The user cre­ates a series of slides con­tain­ing a ques­tion and 4 pos­si­ble answers, let­tered for “A” to “D”. Because it’s Pow­er­point, users can include pic­tures, graph­ics, charts, maps or any other graphic images (not sure about sound files or video).

 

When com­pleted, the slides are uploaded to the QUIZSLIDES web site and trans­formed into a quiz. Part of that process involves the user scrolling through each slide and iden­ti­fy­ing the cor­rect answer to each question.

 

When com­pleted, QUIZSLIDES gen­er­ates a self mark­ing quiz plus a web link/embed code so the quiz can be linked/embedded in a web page. As an exam­ple, I cre­ated a sim­ple quiz involv­ing the flags of Euro­pean coun­tries. It took more time to find the flag images then it did to cre­ate the quiz, the app is that easy to use."

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