By Sophie Ioannou-Georgiou & Pavlos Pavlou
EVALUATION Process of gathering information to meet its goal.
ASSESSMENT General term which includes all methods to gather information (knowledge,
ability, understanding, attitudes and motivation)
TESTING One of the procedures that can be used to assess a child’s performance
Teaching and Assessment
Evidence of the children’s progress
Types of assessment tools, based on:
– Communicative language learning
– Task-based learning
– appropriateness for children
– Learner training
– Learner autonomy
– Critical reflection
Why assess young children?
• To monitor and aid children’s progress
• To provide children with evidence of their progress and
• To monitor your performance and plan future work
• To provide information for parents, colleagues, and school
What do we assess?
BEHAVIOURAL AND SOCIAL SKILLS
How do we assess children?
Handle positive atmosphere
Positive atitudes towards English and
learning in general.
– Structured assessment activities/tasks
– Take-home assessment tasks
– Portfolio assessment
– Traditional tests
– Learner-developed assessment tasks
Is this assessment?
Assessment methods vs. Teaching activities
Children’s predisposition towards
Record keeping/learner profiling
How to give feedback
• Offering feedback is an integral part of the assessment process.
• As soon as possible after the assessment task is carried out.
• Different ways:
• Individual; groups of children; or to the whole class.
• Conferencing: face-to-face
• Written feedback : short comments and following it up with a brief chat
• helps children to discover their strengths and weaknesses
• motivates them
• helps them to persist in their learning
• What it a portfolio?
It is a compilation of an individual child’s work, showing
his/her language abilities, effort, and language development
It usually includes samples of written work, audio or
video recordings, drawings, teacher’s notes, tests, peer and
self-assessment forms, and reviews of books read.
• Provide a way of individualizing the learning and assessment process.
• Encourage children’s overall involvement in learning and assessment process.
• Affects class metodology: child-centred, collaborative and develops children’s feelings of trust
and respect for their teacher.
• Not easy to start to use: children more autonomous: moving around the classroom; invitation
parents to participate in their children’s learning.
An opportunity to link instruction with assessment.
A record of individual development through
continuous observation and information-gathering.
A global view of the individual child’s progress,
including attitudes, learning strategies, interests
A body of work to discuss the children’s progress
A reason to arrange conferences with each child
A way of involving parents
Porfolios provide the children with:
An opportunity to become responsable
An occasion to reflect on their performance
A chance to exercise some control over the
Tangible evidence of progress the children
Increased involvement in the learning process
Increased motivation and excitement for learning
Keeping and accessing portfolios
• Place to be accessed easily
Setting criteria for choosing work samples
• Discuss the criteria
• Final list
Reviewing and updating the portfolio
• Work included does not have to stay there permanently
Getting children and parents involved