Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learners

ISBN-10: 0472032011
ISBN-13: 9780472032013
Edition: 2007
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Description: For many teachers of English language learners, the field of assessment is foreign territory. Assessment has its own culture, traditions, and terminology. This training guide is intended to help classroom teachers become more comfortable creating  More...

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Book details

List price: $30.50
Copyright year: 2007
Publisher: University of Michigan Press
Publication date: 2/22/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 232
Size: 7.00" wide x 10.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.034
Language: English

For many teachers of English language learners, the field of assessment is foreign territory. Assessment has its own culture, traditions, and terminology. This training guide is intended to help classroom teachers become more comfortable creating and using assessments.A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learnersprovides helpful insights into the practice and terminology of assessment. The text focuses on providing the cornerstones of good assessmentsusefulness, validity, reliability, practicality, washback, authenticity, transparency, and securityand techniques for testing. It devotes a chapter to the assessment of each of the four main skill areas (reading, writing, listening, and speaking), and also covers placement testing, such as using TOEFL and MELAB, diagnostic testing, evaluation, and instructional decision-making with regard to testing. Tips to improve students' test-taking strategies are offered, and each chapter ends with a helpful list of Ten Things to Remember, as well as informative case studies featuring two teachers and their assessment decisions. Incorporating its own principles,A Practical Guide to Assessing English Language Learnersopens with a short quiz for the reader called Are You Testwise? that quickly determines how each teacher will benefit from this indispensable guide.

Dr. Keith Folse is a Professor of TESOL at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of 57 textbooks on a variety of subjects from grammar to vocabulary to composition, including five best-selling books in the Great Writing series by National Geographic Learning.

Are you testwise?
Introduction to issues in language assessment and terminology
The process of developing assessment
Techniques for testing
Assessing reading
Assessing writing
Assessing listening
Assessing speaking
Student test-taking strategies
Administering assessment
Using assessment
Assessing ESL students' knowledge of content in K-12 classes
Standardized ESL/EFL tests

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