Adult Community Center

Imagine you are in Fatima’s position. Which type of assessment would you use: placement, formative, or summative? How would you address the challenge described in this situation?

  • I would use a placement test in this situation. As the class is for adults, I would probably include some type of self-assessment tool or questionnaire to help me understand students’ proficiency levels and their prior exposure to the language. For example, I could ask students to write a short paragraph on their history with Arabic, how they use it in their day-to-day lives, or what they’d like to get out of regular language study. This approach to placement testing might make students feel more comfortable than they would be with a traditional assessment, and would give me not only a better idea of how to organize the classes, but what the students are looking for out of the course.

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