TEASIG at Pearson London, November 1 & 2, 2018
“Technology for teachers in assessment – the immediate future”
David Booth – Integrated skills testing and automated scoring – where are we going?
Larry Davis & Veronica Timpe Laughlin – Assessing spoken interaction: How can technology help?
Peter Cormack – Teaching to the test- construct relevant and irrelevant approaches
Aylin Ünaldi – Automatic Text Analysis in Reading Research and its use in Reading Assessment
Technology, despite its extremely broad context, is omni-present in todays teaching world and its benefits are evident across many different teaching domains. The use of the internet, tablets, laptops, mobile phones, learning apps, social media… the list of where technology has influenced and infiltrated teachers’ and learners’ worlds is endless. Learners can benefit from the use of technology like never before. Even the recently accepted expression “e-learning” differentiates today’s teaching and learning from an older style of course book and whiteboard.
So much has changed in such a short space of time, but many teachers feel they are running just to stand still. The endless list of new software and apps means daily challenges that are difficult to meet. The very speed of technological change has lead to widespread resistance.
Testing and assessment has not been spared the technological onslaught either. Larger and smaller scale testing has clearly benefitted from advances such as online testing, ease of preparation material, more objective marking, ability to source and prepare authentic material, whilst audio and video software has made test material development so much easier. But, like learning, technology has brought about criticism and resistance in the world of testing and assessment. Amongst major concerns are keyboard inputs in listening tests where older students can struggle, adding construct irrelevant variance. Using online testing to assess spoken interaction has been criticized for not replicating a real-world human communication. Certain test service providers advertise online testing as a huge advantage without any clear evidence to support this. Additionally test security can easily be compromised by the ability to record tests on hidden portable electronic devices.
Presentations from the event to download:
TEASIG at IATEFL in Brighton, April 9-13, 2018
Conference reports, photos and presentations coming soon.
Read Sharon Hartle’s review of the event here.
Presentations from the Pre-Conference Event
Presentations from the TEASIG Showcase Day
TEASIG at CRELLA October 28-29, 2017
The IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment Special Interest Group (TEASIG) in association with The Centre for English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), University of Bedfordshire organised a two-day seminar on Building Practical Assessment Skills for Teachers t on 28th and 29th October 2017 at the University of Bedfordshire, Luton, United Kingdom.
Plenary speakers were:
John Field, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Lynda Taylor, Independent Consultant, UK
Thom Kiddle, NILE, UK
Anthony Green, The University of Bedfordshire, UK
Conference speakers’ presentations will be added here as they are received.
TEASIG Webinar Series
Most recent webinar: Dave Allan from Norwich Institute for Language Education (NILE) on 11th December – ‘Bringing LOLA to life – Learning Oriented Language Assessment in practice’
Recordings of the archived webinars in TEASIG’s webinar series are available for TEASIG members by contacting email@example.com.
Luke Harding 7/1/2015 “Adaptability & ELF Communication”
Dr Neil Jones 11/3/2015 “Learning Orientated Assessment”
Thom Kiddle 6/5/2015 “Text difficulty and item development”
Dr Judith Hanks 8/7/2015 “Issues in designing assessments and marking criteria for an MA in Professional Language and Intercultural Studies”
Glyn Jones 21/10/15 “Finding the levels: a look at some of the research that underpins the Common European Framework”
Tony Green 2/12/15 “Learning oriented test preparation“
Carolyn Westbrook 31/3/16 “Practical considerations in ESP testing”
Sheila Thorn 11/5/16 “An exploration of listening testing”
Clare Fielder 5/7/16 “Assessing and Marking Writing: Feedback Strategies to Involve the Learners”
Vivien Berry and Susan Sheehan 21/9/16 “A Practical Introduction to Language Assessment for Teachers”
Cornée Ferreira 20/12/16 “Implementing Assessment for Learning Step by Step”
Ben Beaumont 11/04/17 “Practical ways to develop teachers’ assessment literacy”
Anna Soltyska 06/06/17 “Malpractice in language assessment: who are you kidding?”
Daniel Xerri 05/09/17 “Enhancing assessment literacy through teacher involvement”
Jo Tomlinson 24/10/17 “Developing a test: Where do you start? When should you stop?”
Russell Whitehead and Felicity O’Dell 19/12/17: “Getting it right, getting it wrong: a tour of the LT123 testing principles”
Jane Lloyd 17/4/18 “Testing – Fit for Purpose?”
Christine Coombe 5/6/18 – “Best Practice for Exam Development”
Charalambos (Harry) Kollias 11/9/18 – “Assessment methods: The pros and cons and associated challenges”
Caroline Hyde-Simon 22/10/18 – “To test or not to test? ESP Vocabulary as a separate focus”
Hale Kizilcik and Deniz Salli-Copur 20/11/18 – “Designing Integrated Oral Assessment Group Tasks for the Classroom”
Dave Allan 11/12/18 – “Bringing LOLA to life – Learning Oriented Language Assessment in practice”
TEASIG CONFERENCE AIGLE 28-29 OCTOBER 2016:
From Theory into Practice – Assessment Literacy in the Classroom
The latest TEASIG conference took place in Aigle, Switzerland on the 28th and 29th October 2016, under glorious blue skies and golden autumn sunshine. Over 80 delegates and partners attended the event which looked at the theme of assessment literacy in teaching and how we can integrate more the idea of testing, examinations and assessment into the learning process. Indeed by the final day speakers were talking more about whether this is in fact learning literacy and that assessment is in fact an integral part of this. This final point was carried through into the panel discussion at the end of day 2.
Plenary speakers, Barry O’Sullivan, Nick Saville, Carolyn Westbrook, and Ian Wood, tackled the topic from their own angles which blended into a smooth mix with those of the talks and workshops, given by the delegates. Feedback from delegates was very positive on all accounts and we are now busy working to bring you the next TEASIG conference in 2017… more news on this soon.
See photos from the Aigle event here.
Presentations slides are available below:
TEASIG Conference Events
Click on the links below for information and photo galleries of previous TEASIG events.
TEASIG at IATEFL 51, Glasgow, 3 – 7 April 2017
TEASIG members and contributors have access to all conference proceedings. One article from the proceedings of the 2014 TEASIG Conference in Granada Spain can be found below.
Irina Pavlovskaya is a TEASIG scholarship winner and will be speaking at the TEASIG Day on 15 April at the 2016 IATEFL Conference in Birmingham.