Using Informal Assessments for English Language Learners

Informal assessments (also called authentic or alternative) allow teachers to track the ongoing progress of their students regularly and often. While standardized tests measure students at a partelltestingicular point in the year, ongoing assessments provide continual snapshots of where students are throughout the school year. By using informal assessments, teachers can target students’ specific problem areas, adapt instruction, and inter
vene earlier rather than later.

In this article you will find information on performance based assessments, portfolio assessments and assessing content knowledge to help teachers track the learning of ELL students and make best judgement on how to move the students learning.


Assessment Presentation

A Prezi created by a teacher friend of Dr. Broady’s.

I will be downloading the App: Show Me. Students can use the screen on an I-Pad as a whiteboard and show how to solve a math problem while explaining what they are doing in a video. I could have several students do this on their I-Pad and post to my website for students to check homework answers and get help! See the Prezi below for lots of great ideas incorporating Technology and Assessment into your classroom!

Source: Assessment Presentation

Talk to the expert: Interview with Rosa Aronson, the Executive Director of the TESOL International Association

I’m delighted to share with you this interview with Rosa Aronson, who’s the Executive Director of the TESOL International Association. We discussed how TESOL International tries to fight against different forms of discrimination in our industry, including that of Non-Native English Speaking Teachers (NNESTs). You can find position statements issued by TESOL here.

On their website TESOL also lists third-party job ads and I asked Rosa how they ensure that all ads are in-line with TESOL’s anti-discrimination policies and free of any discriminatory language. You can find the job listings here. Finally, we discussed how local Teaching Associations could get involved in supporting equal employment opportunities for English teachers.

Watch the interview by clicking the link below:

Rosa Aronson is the Executive Director of the TESOL International Association (TESOL).   A former Fulbright exchange teacher, Dr. Aronson started her education career as an English as a foreign language (EFL) teacher in France. She holds a Master’s degree in English Linguistics from the University of Aix-en-Provence, France, and a Ph.D. in Social Foundations of Education from the University of Virginia, in the United States. In 2008 Aronson earned the Certified Association Executive (CAE) designation from the American Society of Association Executives. In 2015, she was named a Fellow of ASAE, an honorary recognition for service to the association profession.

Prior to her service at TESOL, Dr. Aronson had 24 years of experience in nonprofit association management with the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP), headquartered in Reston, Virginia, USA.  Her most recent presentations have been in Dubai, UAE; Kabul, Afghanistan; Miragoane, Haiti; Iquique, Chile; Paris, France; Pakistan and various conferences in the United States.  Dr. Aronson is bilingual (French).

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Source: Talk to the expert: Interview with Rosa Aronson, the Executive Director of the TESOL International Association