Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL)
Assessment for Language Instructors: The Basics is an interactive, computer-based workshop designed to provide STARTALK instructors with a foundational knowledge of language assessment and testing. The workshop consists of five modules. The first module discusses reasons for assessing your students and the remaining four modules describe the principles of effective assessment: validity, reliability, practicality, and impact. Throughout the workshop, you’ll meet language instructors who will show you how these principles work in their STARTALK programs. The workshop also features a glossary of important terms used for talking about language assessment. At the end of each module, you’ll complete an activity and a quiz to help you keep track of what you’ve learned.
Upon completing this workshop, you will be better prepared to incorporate valid, reliable, and appropriate assessments into your STARTALK curriculum. The workshop also points you to resources for continuing to build your language assessment knowledge.
This workshop will take approximately three hours to complete. You may choose to complete one module at a time, or you may choose to complete the entire workshop at once. You should work at a pace that is comfortable for you.
- Performance-Based Assessment