by Jo Kukuczka.
In this first ever joint SIG interview, Jan McArthur, the author of 'Assessment for Social Justice: Perspectives and practices within higher education' shares her thoughts on:
1. Why assessment for social justice?
2. What is the key to the justice of assessment?
3. What is assessment that promotes greater social justice?
4. What is the way forward, especially in the EAP context? And what are the key take-aways for EAP practitioners?
A genre theory informed dynamic assessment approach offers higher education students individualised support with academic writing and conceptual development.
by Dr Prithvi Shrestha
Academic writing is the main mode of meaning making and student assessment in higher education. Although many students may join higher education with required academic writing expertise, others seem to find it challenging.
National student satisfaction (Office for Students, 2020) in the UK higher education is quite low regarding assessment and feedback. A theory driven assessment approach may help address the issue.
Drawing on my research reported in my recent book (Shrestha, 2020), in this blog, I share how a theory-based assessment approach combined with a genre theory can be used to support our first year students with their disciplinary writing, and thus have an impact on student satisfaction across higher education.*
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by Robert Playfair
Going through a UKVI audit on a pre-sessional course
'UK Visas and Immigration' (UKVI) is part of the Home Office department of government. According to their website, their role is to make "millions of decisions every year about who has the right to visit or stay in the country, with a firm emphasis on national security and a culture of customer satisfaction for people who come here legally." This blog post is about when the world of EAP practitioners in the UK collides with the Home Office, in what is known as a 'UKVI audits'.*
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by Dr Emma Bruce
In this interview Emma Bruce asks Liz Hamp-Lyons about how she originally became interested in EAP assessment. The conversation gives some interesting insights into Liz’s experience researching ELTS, the pre-cursor to IELTS. Many thanks to Liz for giving her time and sharing her stories with the TAFSIG community.
by Wayne Rimmer.
With his extensive background in the research and practice of assessment, Tony Green, Professor of Language Assessment at the University of Bedfordshire, shares his wealth of experience on current topical issues in the field. These include assessment literacy, the legitmacy of high-stakes tests and the evolution of assessment to reflect changes in the experiences and expectations of learners in higher education. The conversation is a fascinating snapshot of the challenges facing educators and assessment professionals working in an EAP environment.
TAFSIG Interview with Dan Isbell & Benjamin Kremmel