Young learners can often feel nervous or worried about assessments where they have to produce a piece of writing or to perform in an oral test. In this session, we look at the challenges these young test takers face and how to support them in overcoming these, so they feel relaxed, confident and able to give their best performance.
We will also examine the features of the assessment criteria used in speaking and writing tests and how we can use these to help prepare students for the tests. To conclude we’ll consider the kind of feedback we can give our students to encourage and enable them to improve their performances.
Elaine Boyd has been involved in assessment design and quality assurance for over 30 years working for a range of international exam boards. She has been especially concerned with the impact of assessments in the classroom and worked closely with teachers and teacher educators delivering courses in assessment literacy in Europe, India and SE Asia and has published articles in this field. She has been Visiting Professor at the Universitat Politecnica in Valencia with responsibility for developing a framework for EMI. Her research includes intercultural communication and pragmatics and her PhD investigated spoken language using corpus data. She is currently a post graduate tutor at The Institute of Education at University College London. Elaine has authored several exam coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers and is a Course Consultant for Look, a seven-level primary series from National Geographic Learning.