What is Language Assessment Literacy?
The original use of the term “literacy” is still commonly defined as the ability to read and write, but in its wider sense teaching professionals prefer to view it as a concept that brings together knowledge and competences in a given area of learning. We are all now becoming increasingly familiar with terms such as Digital Literacy or Research Literacy, as well as Assessment Literacy, which will now be the subject for a series of posts we are going to be sharing with you in the coming months, focusing specifically on the theme of Language Assessment Literacy, or LAL. Since the term first appeared at the start of the 1990s, there have been many attempts to define it, but we will use Pill and Harding’s simple yet concise definition from 2013, which considers LAL as a series of “competences that enable the individual to understand, evaluate and in some cases create language tests and analyse test data”.
With a motto like ‘Always Learning’, it’s not surprising that teacher training is a central part of what we do at Pearson. Today we add another string to our bow in the shape of the Pearson Academy, a great way to access teacher training whenever and wherever you want.
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Once again Pearson’s team of Teacher Trainers will be on the road the next couple of Saturdays to take part in the British Council’s annual Teaching for Success Conferences in cities across Spain.
Welcome back teachers! I am sure you all had a very well deserved vacation. Now that your teaching power bar has been reloaded, it is time to think about the new course and get fresh ideas for the first day of class. Whether you are teaching primary, secondary or adults, below you’ll find some fun back to school icebreakers that you can adapt to the age group and level you are teaching. You can also print the following activities on cards, put them in a box and use them as warmers throughout the school year.