Monday, May 14 (Room 100)

8:30-9:00              Breakfast

9:00-12:00           Workshop with Meg Malone

v  Part I: Assessment: Background Knowledge

  • Activity 1: Self-Assessment
  • Assessment Defined
  • Performance assessment defined
  • Assessing Oral Proficiency

v  Part II: Students’ Oral Proficiency

  • How long does it take to learn a language?
  • Activity 2: Which levels are my students?
  • Activity 3: Rating Speech Samples
  • Activity 4: Listen to a student

12:00-1:00           Lunch


v  Part III: Practical Implications

  • Classroom Assessment Tasks
  • Activity 5: Task Development
  • Components of an Assessment Task
  • Task Development Worksheets
  • Task Types: Warm-up Tasks, Graded Tasks and Wind down Tasks
  • Types of Rubrics

Tuesday, May 15 (Room 100)

8:30-9:00                              Breakfast

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.     Workshop with Cathy Baumann

v  Achievement and Proficiency, a Continuum

  • “backward” design and “backwash”

v  Choosing Test Formats to Serve Curricular and Programmatic Needs

  • what do we need to know about the learner
  • advantages of different test types
  • limitations of different test types
  • validity and reliability

v  Formulating Test Items

  • prompts and language levels
  • the four skills and grammar/vocabulary
  • the “threshold” test

12:00-1:00           Lunch

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