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Testing, Evaluation and Assessment
Authenticity in assessment of productive skills

  • What is authenticity and why is it important in test task design?
  • How do we match the skills from authentic communication with test constructs?
  • How do we balance authenticity and practicality in test development?
  • How do we as teachers source and introduce our students to authentic tasks?
  • Using the CEFR what productive skills are important in maintaining authenticity?
  • Where does authenticity fit into formative and summative assessment?
  • How is authenticity and test validity linked and how can we prove it?
  • Is authenticity directly linked to test usefulness and washback?
  • What tools do we have to help us source authentic language?
In this 2-part PCE our experts will answer the questions above and more in their presentations and hands-on workshops to aid and assist teachers source and prepare their students for learning of speaking and writing language in real-world communication. We will demonstrate how to integrate authenticity into both classroom assessment and larger scale test development in order to bridge the gap between what students learn and what they will use in their target language use domain – the real world that is!!

The PCE is aimed at teachers with all levels of experience who wish to expand or refresh their knowledge on this subject and put it to practical use. There will also be room for questions to the speakers during our panel discussion on best practice at the end of the afternoon.

Speakers (Plenaries and Workshops)
  • John Pill, Lancaster University:  
    • Plenary - Authenticity in Assessment: What does it mean?
    • Workshop - Finding a balance between authenticity and practicality in test development
  • Sian Morgan, and Andrew Kitney, Cambridge English:
    • Plenary & Workshop - Authenticity: turning theory into tasks
  • Dana Gablasova, Lancaster University:
    • Plenary - Computer-aided approach to language testing
    • Workshop - Corpus analysis of language for testing purposes
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