Do your young learners need to take formal assessments? How do they feel about this? We know our students can often become worried and nervous when being assessed, which affects their performance. We can help by creating an environment in which our students can be relaxed and feel confident in any exam situation.
In this presentation, we’ll look at exactly what is being assessed in different exam tasks and offer strategies teachers can use to prepare young learners for those tasks and increase their confidence. We’ll also consider how we can assess speaking and writing activities and provide ideas for monitoring ongoing progression in order to help learners improve.
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. Elaine has authored several exam coursebooks for a range of age groups for leading international publishers. 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. Elaine is currently a post graduate tutor at The Institute of Education at University College London.