In this eight-part series, Adrian Tennant takes us through the sometimes controversial topic of assessment in English language teaching, from tools for assessment, such as portfolios and 'Can do' statements, to specific methods of assessment, such as diagnostic tests.
Assessment matters articles
Adrian Tennant takes a look at what is meant by assessment. Many people assume that assessment is simply another word for testing but this article outlines its role as an important aspect of teaching and learning.
Adrian Tennant considers 'diagnostic tests', sometimes referred to as 'level tests' or 'placement tests', comparing them to other forms of assessment as well as giving some practical suggestions.
Adrian Tennant looks at how most exams test a student’s ability to do tests, and gives some practical tips aimed at helping you prepare your students.
Adrian Tennant looks at how young learners feel about assessment; marks, grades and comments; ongoing assessment; self-assessment and the general benefits of assessment for this age group.
Adrian Tennant looks at ways in which teachers can assess lessons in order to judge the success of both their classroom delivery and students’ learning.
Adrian Tennant looks at how teachers test the four skills or reading, writing, listening and speaking and the fairness of assessment techniques. He also explores the various methods employed by teachers and potential improvements for skills assessments.
Student portfolios, as a form of assessment, are becoming more popular. But what exactly are they? Adrian Tennant explains how portfolios can be organized and maintained, how they can help with assessment, and outlines some of the advantages and disadvantages of using them for assessment.
Adrian Tennant takes a look at self-assessment and, in particular, ‘Can do’ statements: a current buzzword and term now employed by the Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR).