For the Second Language Classroom
July 10–14, 2017
Effective classroom assessments support teaching and learning and are essential to helping students achieve higher levels of proficiency. Aligned with standards and benchmarks, they are at the core of curricular and instructional planning and engage students in meaningful activities that show what they know and can do.
After an overview of assessment fundamentals including selecting tools that match your purpose for assessment, the institute will explore a variety of topics: characteristics of performance, proficiency, and standards-based assessment; role of portfolios and self-assessment using can-do statements; and creation of rubrics and scoring guides. Participants will develop a standards-based performance assessment unit for their teaching context using Backward Design. The week will conclude with a focus on implications of standards-based performance assessment for higher levels of proficiency and articulation among levels of instruction.
This institute will help you:
- Compare characteristics of performance and proficiency assessments;
- Outline instructional goals and related assessments that reflect World-Readiness Standards;
- Analyze Can-Do Statements and their link to grammar and vocabulary support;
- Create assessment tasks
that integrate language skills and cultural knowledge and understandings;
- Construct a standards-based integrated performance assessment and related rubrics and scoring guides; and
- Describe the characteristics of standards-based grading.
Donna Clementi is a well-known consultant and national speaker on curriculum and assessment development. With more than 30 years of teaching French grades K–12, she is currently a world language methods instructor at Lawrence University, Appleton, Wisconsin.
Target Audience: Late elementary to postsecondary foreign language teachers as well as teacher educators and preservice FL teachers. The institute is not intended for ESL or immersion teachers.