Welcome to ELTA’s Teachers for Teachers Workshop:
Evaluation, Testing and Assessment
Presenter: Nataša Janković, English language lecturer
Date: April 8th, 2017
Time: 1:00 p.m.
Duration: 90 mins
Venue: Teacher Education Faculty, Belgrade, 43 Kraljice Natalije, II floor, classroom no. 32
Target groups: primary, secondary and tertiary level language and subject teachers from state or private schools and institutions
- What do we know about evaluation, testing and assessment?
- How do we evaluate, test and assess our EL learners’ knowledge and skills?
- Why are the three processes important for the development of students’ language ability?
Teaching methods, approaches, tips and techniques are undoubtedly the pivotal issues in teacher training.But what about testing? How do we go about it? What makes testing different from evaluation? What is our assessment grounded on? How can we make these classroom procedures more objective?
The workshop welcomes critical thinking about these questions crucial for our teaching practice.After a brief overview of the key title concepts, the participants will have an opportunity to analyze, compare and judge samples of test tasks and procedures. We will then engage in activities that will help us bring our teacher-made tests closer to standardized test formats.
Substantiated by data collected in research, the final workshop stage will focus on the basic criteria and principles underpinning assessment in foreign language classrooms.Objective grading is a prerequisite for students’ self-confidence and their driving force towards higher levels of achievement.
By the end of the workshop, we will have defined some subject-specific criteria that need to be taken into consideration during written and oral assessment if we want to aim for better teaching outcomes.