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1 Alternative assessment Project work

2 Alternative assessment The primary goal of alternative assessment is to gather evidence about how students are approaching, processing, and completing real-life tasks in a particular domain The primary goal of alternative assessment is to gather evidence about how students are approaching, processing, and completing real-life tasks in a particular domain (Garcia & Pearson as cited in Huerta-Macias,2002, p.339)

3 Characteristics of Alternative Assessment Integrate assessment and learning activities. Indicate and highlight s s s successful performance and positive traits. Consider students' needs, interests, and learning styles.

4 Alternative Assessment Options Self- and peer- assessment Self- and peer- assessment Cooperative test construction Cooperative test construction Dialogue journals Dialogue journals Portfolios Portfolios Projects Projects

5 Features of Project Work Focus on content learning rather than specific language forms Focus on content learning rather than specific language forms Student-centeredness, as opposed to teacher centeredness Student-centeredness, as opposed to teacher centeredness Cooperative rather than competitive Cooperative rather than competitive Authentic integration of skills and processing of info from varied sources Authentic integration of skills and processing of info from varied sources Project work culminates in an end product (a stage performance, an oral presentation, etc. Project work culminates in an end product (a stage performance, an oral presentation, etc. (Based on F. Stoller, 2002, p.110 )

6 Project Stages Classroom planning Classroom planning Agree on a theme Agree on a theme Determine the final project Determine the final project Real world/carrying out the project Real world/carrying out the project Gathering, analyzing the information Gathering, analyzing the information Reviewing and monitoring the work (discussion and feedback sessions) Reviewing and monitoring the work (discussion and feedback sessions) Returning to the classroom & presenting final product Returning to the classroom & presenting final product

7 What about the teachers role? To suggest topics for the project. To suggest topics for the project. To prepare students for the language demands. To prepare students for the language demands. To act as a counsellor and consultant To act as a counsellor and consultant

8 Project Types: Collection projects Collection projects Informational projects Informational projects Orientation projects Orientation projects Social welfare projects Social welfare projects Read more about types of projects and their products in in Teaching English as a second or foreign Language Ed. M. Celce- Murcia pp

9 Some project tips: Staff portrait gallery Staff portrait gallery Tourist broadsheets Tourist broadsheets Street interviews on a specific topic Street interviews on a specific topic Czech/world cuisine in English Czech/world cuisine in English Twinned towns Twinned towns School Exchange projects School Exchange projects Playing the role of a museum guide Playing the role of a museum guide Staging a play for junior students, etc. Staging a play for junior students, etc.

10 Suggested reading Eyring, J. (2001).Experiential and negotiated language learning. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign Language (pp ). Heinle & Heinle. Eyring, J. (2001).Experiential and negotiated language learning. In M. Celce-Murcia (Ed.), Teaching English as a second or foreign Language (pp ). Heinle & Heinle. Fried-Booth, D.L. (1990). Project work. Oxford University Press. Fried-Booth, D.L. (1990). Project work. Oxford University Press. Stoller, F. (2002). Project work: A Means to Promote Language and Content. In J. Richards & W. Renandya (Eds.), Methodology in language teaching: An anthology of current practice (pp ). Cambridge University Press. Stoller, F. (2002). Project work: A Means to Promote Language and Content. In J. Richards & W. Renandya (Eds.), Methodology in language teaching: An anthology of current practice (pp ). Cambridge University Press.


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