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Item writing workshop for EAP assessment and language testing (BALEAP PCE)

7th April 2017 @ 9:30am - 12:30pm

£45 - £55

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Item writing workshop for EAP assessment and language testing

The aim of this BALEAP pre-conference workshop is for participants to consider a definition of EAP assessment and then to focus on the creation of tests of reading and listening. Finally, there will be a session on dealing with language test results. It is envisaged that there will be breakout sessions and plenary discussions. In the interests of collaboration it is hoped that participants will engage in full discussion and exchange of ideas stimulated by the programme below. Participants are encouraged to bring short samples of their assessment practice for general discussion.

The proposed breakdown is:

Session 1: (50 minutes) defining EAP assessment through a discussion of:

  • types of EAP tests and other assessment measures including examples from participants
  • how many tests are needed
  • testing language knowledge
  • creating specifications – avoiding taboo topics

Session 2: a discussion of specific skills (40 minutes)

  • item types: what they test; advantages/disadvantages
  • testing EAP reading
  • text types for Academic reading – text searching – adapting texts
  • lexical frequencies
  • using texts for tests of writing (reading or listening for authentic purpose)

Break: 30 minutes

Session 3: (30 minutes) a discussion of listening tests

  • item types: what they test: advantages/disadvantages
  • can note-taking be tested
  • whether to listen once or more than once

Session 4: (30 minutes) a discussion of what’s involved before and after test administration

  • what validity and reliability mean for the EAP teacher
  • an approach to benchmarking
  • test security

Timings are approximate and to a certain extent will depend on the amount of interest which individual sessions will generate.

John Slaght is Associate Professor of Second Language Testing at the University of Reading. He has been involved in language testing for many years. John has run language testing workshops internally and at other HE institutions both in the UK and overseas on a number of occasions. John is the author of 2 textbooks on Academic Reading and co-author of a further two further titles on Academic Study and Research Skills. His career includes 15 years working in Zambia and the Middle East.

If you are a BALEAP member, please login with your new login details in order to get the members’ rate of £45 for this event.

Details

Date:
7th April 2017
Time:
9:30am - 12:30pm
Cost:
£45 - £55
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