Autumn - Assessment

Presenter(s): Dr Bill Bonk Dr Bill Bonk

In the past, the only way to quickly and easily score second language performance was to make questions that could be objectively scored (such as multiple choice, matching, etc.). But we all know that the world we live in requires us to produce language for communication, not choose A, B, or C.

Performance assessments including interviews, scenarios and conversations are becoming more valued but the required human judgement comes with the cost of extra time and effort, scheduling, training, subjectivity… and scoring rubrics!

At Pearson we use many of these scoring rubrics as the basis for our automated scoring systems which drives our assessments like the Versant English Tests and PTE Academic.

In this session, we share best practices about how to design and write good rubrics and discuss how you can incorporate them into your own classroom assessments and grading practices.

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Duration: 1 hour
Presenter(s): Dominic Vadgama, Jo Sale

In this session we look at the range of official preparation resources that are available to help your test takers prepare for PTE Academic. Pearson's portfolio consists of self-study resources and resources designed to help prepare students in the classroom. We spend some time discussing how each of the different prep resources can support learners at different stages of their preparation journey and according to the level of support needed.

In the webinar we showcase some of our new resources that came to the market in 2020 including our new edition of the Official Guide to PTE Academic, which is a great resource for self-study and in the classroom! 

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Duration: 1 hour
Presenter(s): Andrew Khan Andrew Khan

With traditional testing methods still disrupted, many schools, universities and companies have needed to think creatively about how to assess achievement and proficiency.

In this session we look at different models for testing in the COVID-19 era, as well as some of the positive and negative responses to the idea of assessing learners at home, and cover test tips and lessons learned from the delivery of Versant English Tests with Remote Monitoring.

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Duration: 1 hour
Presenter(s): Nick Laul Nick Laul

In this session we discuss how to select the right assessment, based on your needs. We explore the various questions to ask and parameters to consider when choosing a type of assessment. We discuss the various outputs you may receive from an assessment and discuss how best to interpret and use them.

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Duration: 1 hour
Presenter(s): Jo Sale Jo Sale

Getting ready for any 4 skills based test can be tricky and is not only about familiarity with the test, but also the skills needed for success.

In this webinar, we talk about ideas for how to use print, online and blended materials in both physical and virtual classrooms as well as some of the extra support resources available to teachers and students.

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Duration: 1 hour

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Our Spring Days 2021 webinar series looks at key challenges. Our speaker line-up of experts have experiences to share, with ideas and solutions for lost learning, hybrid learning, techno stress and more.

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More than 30,000 teachers from over 60 countries engaged with our experts across six themes and 45 fascinating and diverse talks in autumn 2020. 

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