No doubt, the word “test” is enough to send students into panic mode. Frowns
and complaints multiply. A bleak scenario invades the classroom. Now, what
triggers these anti-test feelings? Sad to admit, but the answer may be the type
of assessment we use, especially when testing does not reflect the teaching
style and course objectives. Take the case of a communicative course in which
students are ONLY evaluated by means of grammar tests that ONLY assess
their knowledge about grammar rather than their ability to use language
appropriately. No wonder students feel confused and frustrated. They are right
to argue that these grammar test scores are not a true reflection of their
communicative skills. So simple. So True.
It is our responsibility to use assessment in sync with our teaching that motivates students and promotes growth and meaningful learning. In this webinar we will explore assessment principles aligned with Communicative Language Testing and we will examine a portfolio of tools to effectively assess students´ communicative skills.