Departmental Bulletin Paper Learner Assessment - Methodologies in Making Language Testing More Reliable

Morrish, Jaime

10pp.181 - 195 , 2015-04 , 中部大学国際関係学部
An important part of learning a foreign language is how to track and evaluate a student's progress, which can be done via both formal and informal means. Both have their advantages and disadvantages; while formal testing may be an effective way to gather a set of data, appropriate for dividing students into the correct class or providing institutions with necessary grades to prove learning has occurred, it does not always tell the whole story. Sometimes students are unable to deal with the pressure of examinations while others are able to cram for the test and achieve a grade that is not reflective of their true ability or understanding. I aim to conclude here that a more effective way of testing would be a blend of one off formal assessments combined with a portfolio based on the continuous assessed and non-assessed work of the student. This would allow for the collection of formal examination statistics to demonstrate theoretical levels of attainment, as well as the vital personal and individual understanding of the teacher involved; such a system would also allow the specific weak and strong points of individuals to be identified, allowing remedial schemes of work to be created and directed as appropriate. This is not always a realistic outcome given the necessities of day-to-day teaching, yet if we strive to achieve this goal I feel our learners will be empowered with a greater sense of autonomous learning while the teacher can tailor their teaching to achieve a more consistently successful outcome.

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