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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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Language Testing Bytes

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A podcast to accompany the SAGE journal Language Testing. Three or four times per year, we will release a podcast in which we discuss topics related to a particular issue of the journal. This may be an interview with a contributor to the journal, or another expert in the field. You can download the podcast from this website, from ltj.sagepub.com, or subscribe on iTunes.

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Glenn Fulcher is standing down at the end of the year but podcast archive (22 episodes) will remain.

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Remedy lesson: Wednesday seminars

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End-of-term lessons 2: Remedy lessons after tests What do you call a lesson after the test, when students receive their written test results and are wondering what the mistakes were, what the right...
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Activities to help learners exploit test feedback

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Assessment: Teaching English

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Our latest tip looks at several of the important issues surrounding testing and assessment. Listen to Clare and Alister discuss their ideas and opinions about how best to assess learners of English. After watching the video, why not give your opinion in the comments box below, or write a blogpost on the site?

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Someone has commented on the need for "mock pressure" via mock exams ...

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Nik's QuickShout: Create interactive cloze texts

Nik's QuickShout: Create interactive cloze texts | TELT | Scoop.it

Nik Peachey walks you through Learnclick, a new alternative to Hot Potatoes for creating online cloze tests.

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Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL

Listen and Read to Achieve: Language flagship study, ACTFL | TELT | Scoop.it
A total of 22 universities participated in the study, and 3,000 Listening and 3,300 Reading Proficiency Tests were administered. Approximately 50% were Spanish, 25% were French, and 10% were German tests. The remaining 15% consisted of Russian, Italian, Japanese, and Portuguese.

One of the most encouraging findings was the fact that graduating seniors were, on average, advanced in reading in Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and German. The study, therefore, provides evidence that professional (advanced) competences are commonly acquired in reading, even as early as the third year, in the most commonly taught languages. For a profession that has gotten used to accepting the fact that in speaking, intermediate mid seems to be the threshold that is all but impossible to get beyond without a significant period abroad, this is good news indeed.


Listening proficiency, however, seems to be a different matter. For languages like Spanish and German, and even Russian, the mean difference in proficiency level is one sublevel lower than for reading. The mean in Spanish, for example, is intermediate low in reading and novice high in listening at the end of the second-year sequence. For languages like French and Portuguese, languages where the spoken language is very different from the written one, the difference is even larger, i.e., close to two sublevels.

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Listening and reading benchmark study to be published December 2015

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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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Language Testing in Europe: Antwerp, May 2013

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Language Testing in Europe: Time for a New Framework?
International Conference hosted by Universiteit Antwerpen
27-29 May 2013

 

We hereby extend a cordial invitation to attend our Second International Conference on Language Testing. This conference will bring together practitioners, policy makers and researchers in order to discuss the following issues related to the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) in language testing.

• Competence and performance
What is the link between ‘can do’ performance statements and areas of linguistic knowledge? To what extent can or should the levels be made more explicit in terms of required vocabulary and grammar?

• Degree of difficulty of the levels
How can we make sure that our tests are measuring at the CEFR levels we claim they are? What evidence do we have to support our claims?

• Test purpose
Why are we testing? What kind of decisions will be made on the basis of information collected via the test? What will be the consequences of these decisions?

• Practicality
How do we link our tests to the CEFR? How practical, applicable and operational is the CEFR for concrete language testing situations?
You are invited to submit a proposal for a practice-related paper, a research paper, a poster session or a symposium. The scientific committee will designate three submissions as ‘Selected Plenaries’.

Please visit our website (http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=.LT-CEFR2013) for any information regarding submission, calendar, venue and programme.
Looking forward to meeting you in Antwerp.

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David Little | European Language Portfolio

3-minute video from the European Centre for Modern Languages with David Little, one of the architects of the CER.

 

"The guide explains how to use the European Language Portfolio to support the learning and teaching of all foreign languages at all levels in a school."

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