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Episode 13

This is the thirteenth episode of Delivering Development, our podcast on continuing professional development for language teachers and administrators. You can listen to the episode below on the embedded player, and you can also listen and subscribe to this and future podcasts at the various locations shown at the bottom of the show notes.
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Show notes

Introduction

It is the 13th of January, 2021. Welcome to episode 13 of the Delivering Development podcast, helping language teachers and others in the field to enhance their professional development. My name is Kevin Westbrook, and I am joined today by Neil Bullock.

Topics

Last episode the team discussed some questions to ask before even starting to develop a language assessment:

  • Why are you assessing?
  • What are you assessing?
  • Who are you assessing?

Ín this episode, Neil and I looked at some of the things you need to think about after you have written your test items. The discussion revolved around the following points:

  • Do your items and tasks actually test what you wanted to test? For example, just because they are asked to read a text doesn’t make it a reading test when all you do is ask about vocabulary.
  • What aspects of the skill are you testing? For example, is reading all at the word or clause level? It might be more important in fulfilling the construct to be testing at the whole text level or paragraph level.
  • Are you using any models of the skills? See below for links.

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Links

Neil mentioned the Cambridge “Studies in Language Testing” series. It would be quite expensive to get a range of these, but maybe you can access them through a library. They can be found here:

Studies in Language Testing – Cambridge University Press

The Cambridge Language Assessment Series is more compact and more affordable. A starting point is here:

https://www.amazon.com/Assessing-Speaking-Cambridge-Language-Assessment-dp-0521804876/dp/0521804876/ref=mt_other?_encoding=UTF8&me=&qid=1611608100

Here is a link to the Khalifa and Weir model of reading:

https://www.researchgate.net/publication/267298823_4_The_cognitive_processes_underlying_the_academic_reading_construct_as_measured_by_IELTS_Authors/figures?lo=1

And here is a link to a model of writing:

(2) (PDF) New Directions in Writing Theory (researchgate.net)

You can find others by searching for “models of (speaking, listening, etc.).

Conclusion

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Contact details for the participants on this podcast:

Neil Bullock:

http://linkedin.com/in/neil-bullock-919ba151

Laura Styles:

https://www.linkedin.com/in/ljstyles/

Pete Sharma and Kevin Westbrook:

https://psa.eu.com/about/

Music:

The intro and outro are by permission of Katrina Monis. You can find the album the music is from by this talented singer and musician here:

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