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Learning-Oriented Language Assessment
Putting Theory into Practice

Edited By

Atta Gebril

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ISBN 9780367437138
April 29, 2021 Forthcoming by Routledge
264 Pages 19 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This collection brings together research on learning-oriented language assessment from scholars working across geographic and educational contexts, highlighting the opportunities of assessment practices which seek to better align assessment and learning tasks and support effective learning.

The volume begins by introducing learning-oriented assessment (LOA) and the context around its growing popularity, especially in accountability-oriented settings which favour summative large-scale tests. The first section of the book charts the development of LOA’s theoretical and conceptual underpinnings, outlining the ways in which they have been informed by theories of learning and key elements. The second section demonstrates LOA in practice, drawing on examples from different countries and instructional settings to explore such topics as the role of technology in LOA and developing feedback materials based around LOA principles and developed for core literacy skills.

Offering a holistic view of learning-oriented assessment and the real-world affordances and challenges of its implementation, this book is key reading for graduate students, researchers, and practitioners in language testing and assessment, TESOL, and language education.

Table of Contents

List of Contributors

Chapter 1: Learning-oriented Assessment: Outstanding issues and an Overview

Atta Gebril


Chapter 2: Learning-Oriented Assessment: Basic Concepts and Frameworks in Using Assessment to Support Language Learning

Nick Saville


Chapter 3: Language Assessment Literacy in a Learning-Oriented Assessment Framework

Glenn Fulcher


Chapter 4: Approaches to Researching Learning-Oriented Assessment in Second and Foreign Language Classrooms

Heidi Liu Banerjee


Chapter 5: Success in Language Learning: What Role Can Language Assessment Play?,

Neus Figueras


Chapter 6: Feedback as a Learning-Oriented Assessment Practice: Principles, Opportunities, and Challenges

Daniel Lam


Chapter 7: Nation-wide Assessment Reform in Egypt: Challenges and Potentials of Learning-Oriented Assessment in an Examinations-Based Instructional Setting

Atta Gebril


Chapter 8: Implementing Learning-Oriented Assessment in Egyptian Schools: A Case Study

Wael Amer


Chapter 9: Implementing Learning Oriented-Assessment In Malaysia: Insights From Key Stakeholders,

Alla Khan and Norhaslinda Hassan


Chapter 10: "I Was Not Thoughtful Enough Before:" Exploiting the LOA Potential of a Test Taker-Oriented Rubric for Summative Assessment

Beverly Baker, Maryam Homayounzadeh, and Angel Arias


Chapter 11: Learning Oriented Assessment from a Teacher’s Perspective: Insights from Teachers’ Action Research

Angelika Salamoura and Siam Morgan


Chapter 12: The Role of Technology in Learning-Oriented Assessment

Erik Voss



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Atta Gebril is an associate professor and MATESOL program director at the Department of Applied Linguistics, American University in Cairo (AUC). He is also the chair of the Institutional Review Board (IRB) at AUC. He obtained his PhD from the University of Iowa in foreign language and ESL education. He teaches courses in second language assessment and research methods in applied linguistics. His research interests include writing assessment, reading–writing connections, and learning-oriented assessment. He currently serves on the editorial boards of Assessing Writing and TESOL Journal and as an associate editor for Language Assessment Quarterly.