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East Coast Organization of Language Testers 2013

October 25, 2013
Washington, DC
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Promoting Assessment Literacy for Language Instructors Through an Online Course
This poster describes results of a study investigating learning outcomes of language instructors enrolled in an online course on the basics of assessment. By contributing to the growing body of research on language instructorsí knowledge about and experiences with assessment, it is hoped that study findings will shed light on ways in which assessment training for language instructors can be improved. This poster presents quantitative and qualitative analysis of survey responses (N=35) to examine the effects of the online course on growth of assessment literacy. Results are used to make recommendations for future assessment education and support for language instructors.

Presenters: Victoria Nier, Margaret Malone

Surveying the Assessment Needs of Language Researchers and Teacher Educators
The present study attempts to ascertain the assessment needs of second language acquisition researchers and language teacher educators. An online survey for each group asking respondents to describe their backgrounds, responsibilities and research, and current assessment uses and needs was piloted, revised, and disseminated. Over 115 second language acquisition researchers and 265 language teacher educators responded to the surveys. This poster describes survey results and details the reported assessment uses and needs of each group, and makes suggestions for future research and ways in which assessment support and education could be provided to this audience.

Presenters: Victoria Nier, Margaret Malone

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