Tag: assessment

Drawing on Ideas for Language Learners

For more than 40 years, education researchers have advocated the use of concept mapping as an effective approach to fostering higher-order thinking skills, moving students from mere knowledge acquisition to knowledge utilization and creation (Novak and Cañas, 2008). By specifying and linking concepts in a concept map, students...

Cooperative Construction

Andrea Honigsfeld and Maria Dove examine the architecture of co-assessment practices for English learnersThe topic of assessment often weighs heavily on the shoulders of many teachers. More specifically, educators in general have concerns about gathering appropriate and adequate assessment data from a variety...

Cultivating a Personal Style

Juliet Falce-Robinson insists on individual style in a skills-based approach to language teaching  The goal of a successful language program is to foment and foster the development of linguistic and cultural proficiency, and thus awareness, that will facilitate dialogue and contribution to a global society. Language teachers continually strive to provide educational opportunities that allow students to become multilingual, multicultural,...

Growth Planner Helps Students Prepare for Future

MetaMetrics’ Growth Planner is a tool to determine if students are on track to graduate college and career ready. With the tool, students, educators, and parents can forecast student reading and math growth and compare that forecasted performance to the text and mathematical demands of college and careers. If the student is projected to fall short of graduating college...

Improving Learner Outcomes

David Bong explains the what, why, and how of measuring world language skillsThe world of language assessment is endlessly fascinating. What, why, and how we measure language skills are constantly evolving to incorporate new strategies and technologies as the field becomes increasingly aware of how language testing can improve learner outcomes. What There are three fundamental types of language tests: Achievement...

Testing Reformed

Lance Knowles explains how advances in technology and cognitive neuroscience allow us to assess and modify the quality of learning and practice A major benefit of the technology revolution in education is the ability to monitor student learning activities in much greater detail than previously possible. Not only can we measure progress, but we can, for the first time, measure...

The Eyes Tell All

MIT study shows eye movements reveal linguistic fluency Tracing the eye movements of someone as they read in a second language may be able to create a more accurate assessment of their fluency that many traditional tests, according to researchers the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.At last week’s North American Chapter of the Association for Computational Linguistics conference in New Orleans,...