This book provides teachers with an entirely new approach to developing and using classroom-based language assessments. This approach is based on current theory and practice in the field of language assessment and on an understanding of the assessment needs of classroom teachers.
The book is organised in four parts. Part 1 introduces a new approach to classroom assessments, explaining both theory and practice in detail. Part 2 explains why, when and how teachers should set assessment ta....
[show more]sks and how these benefit students. Part 3 is a step-by-step practical guide to designing the assessment tasks that work best in your teaching context. Part 4 provides illustrative examples and assessment task templates to get you started.
• Step-by-step guidance to using classroom-based assessments.
• Written exercises to practice assessment task design.
• Assessment tasks template.
• Checklist of things to think about before using a language assessment.
The book addresses the following key questions: Why do I need to assess? When and how often do I need to assess? What do I need to assess? How can I assess my students?
The authors guide the reader step-by-step through the process of developing and using classroom-based assessments with clear explanations and definitions of key terms, illustrative examples, and activities for applying the approach in practice.
Part I: Introduction
1 A new approach to classroom-based language assessment
2 Using classroom-based language assessments
Part II: A systematic approach to assessment development
3 Overview of our approach to assessment development
4 Consequences: Why do we need to assess our students?
5 Decisions: When do we need to assess our students?
6 Interpretations: What should we assess?
7 Assessment records: how can we record our students' assessment performance?
Part III: Applying this approach in your classroom
8 Developing assessment task templates
9 Creating language assessment tasks
10 Combining assessment tasks to make classroom-based assessments
11 Administrative procedures and instructions
12 Scoring students' test performance and reporting the results
Part IV: A systematic approach to classroom-based assessment
13 Example assessments
Appendix1: Checklist of things to think about before using a language assessment
Appendix 2: Parts of an assessment task template
Appendix 3: Answers to activities in Chapter 2 and 3