1 Attitudes and practices regarding monitoring, assessment and feedback
What are your attitudes and practices regarding monitoring, assessment and feedback? Try Activity 1 to find out.
Activity 1: Attitudes and practices
Together with a colleague, read the statements that follow. Decide if you agree or disagree with them either completely or in part. Give reasons for your views.
- Children find examinations worrying and stressful. This can cause them to underperform.
- Tests and examinations are often carried out at the end of a period of learning and are not usually accompanied by feedback. This means that their outcomes cannot be acted upon in a timely and continuous manner.
- Tests and examinations assess aspects of language learning such as comprehension, grammar and vocabulary, but not the skills of listening or speaking.
Teachers are usually too busy during their lessons to monitor their students at the same time.
- Students tend to ignore the feedback provided on their work. They are only interested in their overall grade.
- Keeping assessment records can be time-consuming. Moreover, the records do not always provide a real picture of a student’s capabilities.
Pause for thought