How can “balanced assessment” increase motivation among learners and ultimately increase proficiency? How are the World Readiness Standards for Learning Languages reflected through the four types of classroom assessments: pre-assessment, formative, interim, and summative? In this workshop, participants will define and examine examples of a balanced approach to assessment. They will then create learning progressions showing how learners can demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the target culture(s) and use the target language in real-world situations. Finally, participants will explore examples of self- assessments that allow learners to reflect on their own strengths and weaknesses and make improvements.
After this workshop, participants will be able to:
- describe the characteristics of balanced assessment and how balance increases learner motivation and language proficiency;
- give examples of the interconnectedness of the four types of classroom assessments: pre-assessment, formative, interim, and summative
- create learning progressions where learners use the target language in real-world situations; and
- provide examples of learner self-assessments that monitor progress towards greater proficiency.
Donna Clementi, PhD, is the co-author of Keys to Planning for Learning (ACTFL 2017) and is a well-known consultant and national speaker on curriculum and assessment development. She currently teaches a World Languages methods course at Lawrence University and leads the popular CARLA Summer Institute Assessing Language Learners' Communication Skills via Authentic Communicative Performance Tasks.
Target Audience: This workshop is designed for world language teachers in elementary, secondary, and post-secondary programs.
NOTE: This workshop is not appropriate for immersion teachers.