264 pages | 22 B/W Illus.
Perspectives on Language Assessment Literacy describes how the elements of language assessment literacy can help teachers to gather information about when and how to assess learners, using the appropriate assessment tools to interpret results in a fair way. It provides highlights from past and current research, descriptions of assessment processes that enhance LAL, case studies from classrooms, and suggestions for professional dialogue and collaboration.
This book will help to foster continuous learning, empower learners and teachers and make them more confident in their assessment tasks, and reassure decision makers that what is going on in assessment meets international benchmarks and standards. It addresses issues like concepts and challenges of assessment, the impacts of reflective feedback on assessment, the ontogenetic nature of assessment literacy, reliability of classroom-based assessment and interfaces between teaching and assessment. It fills this gap in the literature by addressing the current status and future challenges of language assessment literacy.
This book will be of great interest for academics, researchers and post-graduate students in the fields of language assessment literacy and English language teaching.
"This volume addresses an important and perennial problem in all of education—how teachers and students perceive, respond to, and make use (or not) of assessment. Assessment literacy is universal in that all systems and levels implement assessment to evaluate instruction, learning, or curriculum and, just as frequently, to inform improved teaching and learning; so language education, not just 2nd language, researchers will find the book useful.
Language assessment literacy is more complex in that language is not just an end but a tool by which all teaching and learning takes place. Being adept at using assessments to improve instruction and learning of languages is seemingly a neglected aspect of assessment in the world of language teaching, which apparently treats the summative test or exam as the norm for assessment.
The chapters in this volume help move language assessment more into multi-faceted data collection about competencies for the sake of improving the quality of learning and teaching. It’s nice to see language assessment research catching up with the world of classroom assessment theory and practice. The volume provides access to research and thinking about the topic from some relatively under-represented perspectives, including Turkey, Tunisia, Oman, Ukraine, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Japan; as well as Europe and the UK."
Prof. Gavin T L Brown, Associate Dean Postgraduate Research (ADPG),Director Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit, Faculty of Education & Social Work, The University of Auckland.
Part One: Language Assessment Literacy: Theoretical Foundations
Part Two: Students’ Language Assessment Literacy
Part Three: Teachers’ Language Assessment Literacy
Part Four: Language Assessment Literacy: Interfaces between Teaching and Assessment