Global Trends in Language Evaluation and Assessment

Next week I am team-teaching a block week course at the University of Calgary on Global Trends in Language Education. Part of my session has been structured as a public lecture that is open to the public. It is a morning presentation, which may not be ideal for teachers, but nevertheless, if you’re in Calgary you’re invited you to join us for the event.

Here are the details:

Public lecture: Global Trends in Language Evaluation and Assessment*

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Dr. Sarah Eaton

Major shifts in educational evaluation and assessment have been happening since the 1980s. There is an international trend (evidenced by the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages and the International Adult Literacy Skills Survey) towards asset-based or strength-based approaches to evaluating a person’s language competence.

These international frameworks point towards a major paradigm shift in how we value and assess competence. Traditional “deficit-based” models of evaluation are being replaced. Are we ready, as 21st century educators, to translate this policy shift into our teaching practice?

08:30 – Welcome
09:00 – 10:15 – Presentation

University of Calgary
Language Research Centre
Craigie Hall, D-420

This event is free of charge and open to the public.
* This presentation is part of the LANG 599 / 699 block week course.

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Sarah Elaine Eaton is a faculty member in the Werklund School of Education, University of Calgary, Canada.


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