Outsider or Insider: Foreign Language Identity (Merve Demiralp)

“Language is not only an instrument of communication or even of knowledge, but also an instrument of power. A person speaks not only to be understood but also to be believed, obeyed, respected, distinguished.” (Bourdieu, 1977, p.648) This quotation by French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu goes some way to illuminating the role of a foreign language … More Outsider or Insider: Foreign Language Identity (Merve Demiralp)

Development of a practical speaking test using a story retelling technique (Japan)

Reading Group 8 (Merve Demiralp)   Hirai, A. & Koizumi, R. (2009). Development of a practical speaking test with a positive impact on learning using a story retelling technique. Language Assessment Quarterly. 6:2, 151-167, DOI: 10.1080/15434300902801925 This study is an innovative attempt to develop a practical speaking test that could be incorporated into classroom assessment … More Development of a practical speaking test using a story retelling technique (Japan)

Professor Joy Cumming Presents at the CAERe

This week Professor Joy Cumming – who is the Director of Assessment, Evaluation and Student Learning Learning Sciences Institute at the Australia Australian Catholic University – was a guest at the Graduate School of Education, in which she gave an interesting talk about fair and equitable assessment of students with disabilities. Provision of assessment adjustments, alternative … More Professor Joy Cumming Presents at the CAERe

Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at the University of Bristol, CAERe

Last month saw two guest speakers leading seminars at the Bristol Graduate School of Education, Gary Quinn and James Morgan of the Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA). Gary Quinn (Strategic Relationship Manager) gave us an interesting overview of the broad nature of the work that the SQA does, engaging in projects beyond traditional school-based assessment and certification. … More Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) at the University of Bristol, CAERe

Using Comparative Judgement in Teacher Assessment (Republic of Ireland)

Reading Group 7 McMahon, S.  &  Jones, I.  (2015) A comparative judgement approach to teacher assessment, Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 22:3, 368-38 This was an interesting attempt at using comparative judgement to help teachers assess secondary school learners’ understanding of a chemistry experiment, based in the Republic of Ireland. The research was … More Using Comparative Judgement in Teacher Assessment (Republic of Ireland)