Workshop ‘Promoting fair assessment practices in university classrooms in Ukraine’ has received financial support from European Association for Language Testing and Assessment (EALTA).
It aims to build on the work of UALTA and further enhance university teachers’ assessment competence with the goal of assessing students’ English language abilities fairly and in ways that benefit learning.
We are pleased that we have a consent to be co-presenters at the workshop of two highly esteemed experts in the field – Professor Anthony Green (CRELLA) and Dr. Christine Coombe (Higher Colleges of Technology, UAE).
The workshop will consist of two parts.
The first part (Days One, Two and Three) will be conducted by the invited presenters. The workshops will last from 9.00 a.m. till 5 p.m. including four 90-minute sessions, two 30-minute coffee breaks and an hour- lunch break. The workshop will cover the following range of topics:
The qualities of effective assessment systems (practicality, reliability, validity, beneficial consequences). The assessment process (planning, developing specifications, constructing the assessment, preparing students, administration, feedback, reflection). Guidelines for classroom testing. Assessing productive skills: preparing speaking / writing tasks, developing rating scales, scoring, score reporting and feedback. Basic statistics for classroom testing. Developing specifications for assessing university students’ achievements.
Developing summative assessments (mid-term; mid-year; end-of-year tests). Assuring the quality of teacher-made tests. Collecting feedback and interpreting scores.
The sessions will be a balanced combination of theoretical input with hands-on practice involving participants in group work, presentation of their tasks to the whole group and further discussion. On completing each practical assignment the participants will receive detailed feedback on their achievements together with suggestions for improvement. This is viewed as absolutely necessary element of training in Ukrainian educational tradition and eagerly expected by the participants.
The second part of the Workshop (Days Four and Five) will be conducted by local facilitators. It will be planned to follow up activities of Days One-Three and will lead to the development of participants’ own tasks and will involve conducting mock workshops. With the consent of facilitators, some mock workshops will be videoed and sent via e-mail to the invited presenters to get feedback on them.
The convention will conclude with a planning session for future workshops in participating universities and ways of certifying successful trainees as Trainers in LTA.
The event will be hosted by Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv. The non-resident participants will be accommodated in the conference centre hotel. More information coming soon.