Module 1: Introduction
Scenario - Elementary Education

Tommaso teaches 6th grade Spanish.  The end of the year is approaching and he would like to give his students a test to assess their language abilities. However, he has some concerns about the test that he selects.

Get out a sheet of paper and brainstorm one example of a concern that Tommaso has for each term:

 

validity  
reliability  
practicality  
impact  

 

When you're done brainstorming, roll your mouse over the picture of Tommaso to compare your answers.

 

 

 


 

 


Positive Washback

Do you want your students to develop practical oral communication skills?   Focus class time on developing oral skills, then find a test that shows how well your students can speak.  This will give your students language skills not only to perform well on a test, but also to communicate with speakers of the target language.