Lecture by John Norris, October 12, 2007

Using Assessment for Understanding and Improving Language Education by John Norris, Professor of Second Language Studies, University of Hawaii at Manoa.

Along with curriculum and instruction, assessment plays a fundamental role in shaping the value and effectiveness of language education programs.  Assessment can and should be used for illuminating learners’ needs, monitoring progress, determining outcomes, expressing program identity, empowering language teachers, and for a host of other purposes.  However, models of practice for language assessment-and for assessment in higher education-fall short of enabling language educators to respond to the diversity of uses (and demands) for assessment that they face.

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