Pearson Professional Development Webinar Series for 2019: 
Developing Individuals

Communicative Teaching & Communicative Testing.
A Powerful Alignment that Promotes Meaningful Learning

Paola Danesi

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.

Graduate English teacher from Instituto de Educación Superior en Lenguas Vivas J.R. Fernández with post-graduate specialization in Language II and international certification on Communicative Teaching and Materials Design from the Institute of Education, University of London. Teacher Trainer at Escuela de Maestros from Gobierno de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires for in-service training and intensive courses at state schools. Advanced Language and Methodology teacher trainer. Has given talks and conducted workshops on different ELT topics such as Advanced Language, Communicative Testing, CLT, Vocabulary Expansion and Teaching Young Learner. English Coordinator of primary and secondary levels at Iosef Caro School.
Who should participate?
Classroom teachers, administrators, curriculum coordinators, literacy specialists, and staff developers.