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Ulul Albab
Vol 13, No 1 (2011): Ulul Albab
Self-Assessment in Second Language Teaching
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Published date:
15 Jan 2011
Language Teaching as a starting point, this essay discusses the dynamicn interdependance of purpose, methodology and evaluation within the curriculum. In this sense, formative or ongoing evaluation becomes one of the most practical assessment techniques for controlling our students progress as well as the effectiveness of our teaching program. Self-assessment is an important tool in the toolkit of autonomous language learners. It can be used both as a testing device leading to accreditation and as a device for personal self-monitoring. It provides the learner with immediate feedback to determine language proficiency and to reflect on learning strategies. There are great benefits to be derived from self-assessment but it is a technique that needs to be introduced carefully and accompanied by considerable awareness raising and support. This paper discusses how to maximise the benefits while minimising the pitfalls. It also describes the teachers role in the process and the different levels of learner involvement from self-administering a pre-packaged test through to using self-produced tests.
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