Assessment of Learning, for Learning, and as Learning

In Chapter 1, I described a “preferred future” for assessment. My vision is one that makes assessment an integral part of learning-guiding the process and stimulating further learning. The word assessment is derived for the Latin assidere, meaning “to sit beside or with”. Although this notion of a teacher sitting with her students to really understand what is happening as they pursue the challenges of learning is far removed from the role that assessment and evaluation have typically played [...]

Additional language teacher education and assessment literacy: brief overview and challenges for language teacher education courses in Brazil

Assessment Literacy (Stiggins, 1991; Inbar-Lourie, 2008; Fulcher, 2012; Coombe, 2018) of pre- and in-service additional language teachers is complex and has unique needs (Levi and Inbar-Lourie, 2019). In 2017, an electronic search was carried out to verify the presence of the theme Language Assessment in the subject names, pedagogical projects, curricula and programmes of Language Teacher Education undergraduate and graduate courses in 50 Brazilian federal higher education institutions. 141 [...]

Saberes necessários ao professor para avaliar a aprendizagem de crianças na sala de aula de línguas estrangeiras

In the last few decades, there has been significant growth in the teaching of foreign languages to children in Brazil, particularly the English language. Considering learning assessment as a crucial element in teaching and learning, in this article we discuss teacher’s assessment literacy in this educational field. The data was generated by means of an online questionnaire, which was answered by 151 teachers from all over the country. The original questionnaire consisted in 70 statements [...]

Who are the Brazilian English teachers?

On average, an English teacher teaches 303 students; within the ethnic/racial and gender perspective, black teachers represent 24.56% of the total, white 32.96% and indigenous, 0.3%

English language and ethnic-racial equity: why are we still so far away?

As a result of structural racism, representative education has not yet reached all Brazilian classrooms. The Observatory for the English Language Teaching platform seeks to support school managers in this issue from specific content

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Climate Action in Language Education lesson plans

Are you a language teacher or a teacher trainer? Do you want to bring environmental issues and the fight against the climate crisis into your classroom? This series of twelve lesson plans provides teachers with step-by-step guidance and resources. They are an ideal starting point to help to address issues of sustainability in the classroom. The lessons cover a range of levels and age groups, and each explores a different topic, from sports to storms and from families to fashion. They are [...]

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