Testing, Evaluation and Assessment 2019

Testing, Evaluation and Assessment - Module III
‘Capacity Building for the Next Generation’
16th – 18th May 2019 Acıbadem University
This programme has been developed for ELT professionals working for intensive language schools at universities at all levels, who are keen to develop their understandings and abilities in applying the latest developments in:
  • Understanding the key principles underlying good practice in TEA
  • Developing the ability to write good test items
  • Designing and producing a variety of assessment instruments
  • Providing leadership in their institution in the field of TEA
  • Managing their own continuing professional development in TEA
Module 3 Core themes include:
Day 1
Re-Cap from Module 2: Assessing receptive skills: reading & listening; determining text difficulty; mind-mapping texts – why and how; developing text specs for receptive skills
Assessing the productive skills: the “best” way of doing it!
Traditional methods of assessing production: holistic vs. analytic criteria
Practical suggestions for assessing writing
Assessing writing: example of developing a valid task: short-answer responses
Recap: Reflective discussion: How reliable & practical are your writing tests?
Day 2
Recap: Reflective discussion: Analysing your current writing criteria: what works and what doesn’t
Assessing longer pieces of writing: why and how?
Is the essay format dead? If so, should we attend the funeral?
Forming the “right” question: the multi-prompt approach
Hands-on: Developing a writing question - how do we go about it?
Day 3
Reflective discussion: Analysing your current speaking tasks: what works and what doesn’t
Assessing academic speaking: why and how?
Using the CEFR to revise your speaking criteria: a local example
Analysing a sample academic speaking task: CAEL (Canadian Academic EL Assessment)
Producing Speaking test specifications: a practical approach
Hands-on: Analysing sample speaking tasks
Time will be built into the course for reflection and for participants to consider how to adapt ideas from the course to classrooms in their own professional contexts.
All course participants receive a pre-course questionnaire, which should be returned prior to the course. This is to ensure that the areas of most relevance to participants are covered. The main strands of the course will be carefully integrated.

Merve has been deeply involved in Project Based Teaching & Learning, Item Anchoring Training and SL Research. She had CELTA and DELTA qualifications and attended an M.A. in Management program at Bilkent University School of English Language. Merve has been working with Sabancı University SL Curriculum and Assessment Team since 2015. She has taken on different responsibilities as an instructors, curriculum developer, assessment specialist and has presented at many national and International conferences. 
Idil has an ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching), DELTA (Diploma in Language Teaching to Adults) and CERTELT graduate and received her MA TESOL from Aston University. She has wealth of experience in both English language and academic English teaching, material preparation, testing and institutional research, tasks and projects. She has been working with Sabancı University SL Curriculum and Assessment team since 2010. She has delivered workshops and conferences at many national and international conferences including IATEFL.                                
Zeynep Urkun has been working in the area of assessment and evaluation since 1991. She was a Trustee on the IATEFL Executive Committee for 6 years and the event-coordinator of the IATEFL Testing, Evaluation and Assessment SIG for 10 years. In her capacity as the TEA SIG Coordinator, she organized 11 conferences around the world to help support assessment literacy. Previously, she worked at Bilkent University as a member of the core testing team that developed the COPE Exam, and at Bogazici University as a member of the testing team that revised the BUEPT (Bogazici University English Proficiency Test). She then worked as the Assessment Coordinator at Sabancı University for 15 years where she led the development of the ELAE (English Language Assessment Exam) and coordinated its revision project in collaboration with Prof Cyril Weir. She continues to present at conferences and organizes training sessions nationally and internationally to help increase assessment literacy in ELT. Currently, she is the CEO of Make-A-Wish Turkey, a charity that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.