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End of week review

Claire shares some of the interesting talking points from this week.

Hi everyone

I can’t believe it’s the end of the course already! Thank you all so much for all of your participation and comments over the last few weeks. I’ve enjoyed learning along with you.

Here are just a few of my favourite comments and conversations from the last week of the course, where we’ve been talking about assessing learning.

We discussed why and how we assess our learners, and reflected on how we were assessed at school. I agree with Imane’s observation that assessment provides essential feedback for teachers, as well as for learners, and Patricia noted that we assess our learners all the time, even if we don’t realise it!

We looked at the different types of assessment we use, and how we assess learning from individual lessons. In a conversation started by Shaheraya about this, Melissa has added a fun idea: “the 1 minute paper”. I love this idea and will be trying it out. Thanks Melissa!

I learnt a lot from the step on evaluating test questions. Some ideas that I’ll be taking forward are from Aarinola about the time it takes to complete a test and Karen - is it meaningful to learners?.

In the focus on assessing speaking, I enjoyed listening to your voice recordings describing how you approach this - thank you so much for taking the time to do this! Then in the section on assessing writing. I liked this comment about the importance of finding positive things in our learners’ writing. I couldn’t agree more. I remember how I felt when my French homework that I’d tried really hard on was returned to me with red pen all over it and no positive comment at all! Also on writing, has anyone used portfolio assessment? If you have, we’d love to hear your ideas in this conversation started by Maggie.

I would like to offer heartfelt thanks to all the mentors who have contributed to this course. I’m sure you’ve all benefited from their experience and advice as much as I have. They have done a brilliant job!

If you would like to learn more about assessment, there is another free course starting soon: Language assessment in the classroom

For those of you interested in how you can support migrant and refugee learners, join this course which is running now.

And there’s one more course starting soon which looks more deeply at language learning and teaching: Understanding language.

In the meantime, do stay in touch on the TeachingEnglish Facebook page or the British Council teacher community Facebook page.

Finally, I wanted to note that I realise many of you are on this course due to the school closures in many countries. I do hope that the situation improves where you are, and that you are back in your classrooms with your learners soon. Stay safe and healthy.

With my very best wishes
Claire


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