Recent TEASIG events & webinars

IATEFL TEASIG & ESPSIG joint webinar 

Date: Thursday March 21, 2024 5:00-6:00pm UK Local time. Please check the world clock here for your time.

Title: Testing and Mediation: What if the Test-takers Think Outside the Box

Speakers: Barbora Chovancová and Radmila Doupovcová

The presentation:

Linguistic mediation appears to be a feasible test task in the fight to combat online cheating in tests for B2 students. It can be especially relevant in different areas of ESP where students need to be able to explain terms to laypeople because when mediating, language needs to be adjusted; definitions cannot be copied and pasted. The difficulty, however, comes when the task is to be evaluated. As mediation affords considerable freedom to the test-taker, some of the answers may be unexpected, inappropriate or simply incorrect. Can CEFR help us to assess these answers fairly?  Where do we draw the line between what is still acceptable and what is not? 

 The speakers:

Barbora Chovancová teaches English for Legal Purposes at Masaryk University Language Centre. She holds a PhD in English linguistics, having specialized in pragmatic aspects of courtroom interrogation. Apart from her extensive experience in ESP teacher training, she has also been active in the area of designing and developing ELT materials. Her professional interests include mediation as a language skill, counselling, and promoting autonomous learning in and outside the classroom.

Radmila Doupovcová teaches English for Legal Purposes at Masaryk University Language Centre in Brno. She is currently responsible for managing and coordinating the development of legal English tests. Her areas of interest include exploring different test approaches, evaluating test quality and ICT implementation in legal English courses. 


 

IATEFL Event pagehttps://www.iatefl.org/events/514

Zoom registration linkhttps://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_-mfrwIn7Qbq3tidcHaLEow#/registration

Certificates will be issued only to IATEFL members who attended the live webinar. They will receive details directly from IATEFL shortly after the event.

Recording: The recording of the webinar will be available only to TEASIG & ESPSIG members in the members’ area (“My resources”) of the IATEFL website. 

Joint TEASIG & TDSIG webinar 

 Date: Wednesday February 28, 2024 9:00-10:00am UK Local time. 

Title: Analysing teachers’ discourse around assessment: A critical discourse analysis perspective

Speaker: Viktor Carrasquero

The presentation:

The British Council uses standardised criteria to assess our teachers’ classroom performance. These include assessment, understood as a formative, continuous practice, which “helps students and teachers monitor progress and achievement”. In recent years, there has been an organisation-wide drive to consolidate our teachers’ technical and practical understanding of assessment, which has been fleshed out in training and a heightened focus on classroom implementation.

In this context, I set out to explore teachers’ discourse construction of assessment, to ascertain their beliefs around this notion, with the assumption that looking at teachers’ conceptualisations might allow schools and organisations to devise professional development programmes that are more finely tuned to staff development needs.

I use a critical discourse analysis perspective, given that I aim to explore teachers’ concepts as evident in their speech. To this purpose, I gathered a speech sample obtained from 10 short teacher interviews. I use the theoretical construct of affect to analyse the teachers’ evaluative language around assessment.

Preliminary results highlight teachers’ developing understanding of assessment, their knowledge gaps around continuous assessment, their biases, and positive and negative affect markers.

The speakers:

Viktor Carrasquero is currently the Primary Courses Senior Teacher at the British Council in Hong Kong. His main research interests include teacher training, pronunciation and its teaching, second language acquisition, discourse analysis and variationist sociolinguistics. He is also a Trinity CertTESOL, Cambridge DELTA and Trinity DipTESOL local tutor.

 Recording: The recording of the webinar will be available only to TEASIG members in the members’ area (“My resources”) of the IATEFL website. 


 

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