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Episode 14

This is the fourteenth 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 3rd of March, 2021. Welcome to episode 14 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 and Laura Styles.

Topics

The first two episodes considered what to think about before and after writing and running an assessment. These were mainly things that most people will have to deal with in some way if they are writing and/or administering language assessments. This final episode in the series is about some of the other aspects of assessment development. The team discussed some of the ways that normal teachers can improve the quality of their assessments and get some insights into the results without adding too much to their workload:

Some of the points covered were:

  • Not working alone. Making sure that you get some kind of feedback on important aspects of the process.
  • Making sure you have a minimum amount of specification.
  • Simple ways to analyse results without taking too much time.

Our podcast is hosted on Spreaker. This is the link to the show page: https://www.spreaker.com/show/delivering-development

Links

Statistical Analyses for Language Testers by Rita Green

Statistical Analyses for Language Testers | R. Green | Palgrave Macmillan

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics by Neil Salkind and Bruce Frey

Statistics for People Who (Think They) Hate Statistics | SAGE Publications Inc

I didn’t find a really good web page for exactly our needs, but this isn’t bad. It looks at most things we need and can serve as a starting point.

Understanding Item Analyses | Office of Educational Assessment (washington.edu)

 

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:

Sunny Day

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