Learn how to use language assessment principles and best practices to enhance classroom instruction and incorporate effective assessment into your program.

Language assessment is a powerful tool for supporting and enhancing second language instruction. This two-day institute will familiarize participants with principles of effective language assessment. Topics include reliability and validity and the impact of reporting and effective communication of student outcomes as enacted via formative and summative language assessments. In addition to exploring the best practices of assessment, this institute will provide hands-on experience with a variety of summative and formative assessments and practice developing assessment tasks and rubrics.

Throughout the institute, participants will engage with these formative and summative assessments and identify how effective, standards-based assessment supports and enhances instruction. Participants will also work on individual "assessment plans" to ensure alignment of assessment and instruction and understand the ongoing and integral role of assessment in language learning. In addition, participants will brainstorm approaches to incorporating student self-assessment into their plans for summative and formative assessment.

This institute is designed for second language teachers (world language and dual language/bilingual) and administrators who support K-12 language learners. Participants will learn ways to assess their students’ progress toward proficiency goals that are consistent with principles of assessment, national standards and guidelines for world language. Practical classroom-based instructional and assessment strategies are embedded throughout the presentation, which will be delivered in English.

Topics include:

  • Fundamentals of second language assessment
  • Approaches to effective oral and listening comprehension assessment
  • Making the connection between assessment and instruction
  • Summative oral proficiency and listening comprehension assessments
  • Formative oral proficiency and listening comprehension assessments
  • Planning for and implementing effective assessments in the classroom
  • Characteristics of a good assessment task
  • Principles of assessment (reliability, validity, impact, practicality)

Certificate of Completion

Participants will receive a CAL Certificate of Completion which may be used for continuing education credit.

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