Mike Mayor - Job applications in 2030: do students have the right skills?
- The Global Scale of English - a new standard in meassuring progress.
A key role for educators is to prepare students for the workplace, but at a time of great change in job markets, how do we know where to focus our efforts? Much has been written about the impact of technology and automation on society and work. Some jobs, it is suggested, will all but disappear and today’s students will be applying for roles which currently don’t exist. So how do we prepare these learners for such future uncertainties? What are the skills of the future that will ensure a place in tomorrow’s job market?
Whilst few would deny that English is a future skill in and of itself, it is no longer a passport to guaranteed employment. As English proficiency increases around the world, employers have access to a larger pool of qualified candidates and can afford to be more demanding in their requirements. These same employers continue to express concerns about the skills gap amongst potential employees. In a Gallup poll from 2013, 96% of chief academic officers felt they were adequately preparing students for future employment, whilst only 11% of employers felt the same. So why this disconnect?
This presentation looks at research into the English language requirements for the workplace as well as the additional skills needed for the job market. The presenter will explore the GSE Job Profiles and free online resources available to teachers to support English in a vocational context and suggest how English language teachers are well placed to integrate the additional skills into their curriculum.
David Booth - Spotlight on Digital Testing
Part 1 Automated Scoring – What are the Machines Looking for
Advances in machine learning methodology and computer power means that training automated scoring models has become ever more complex. The methodologies allow the machines to sample from a large number of responses and to make generalisations about what makes a particular piece of speech or writing successful. Human intervention is impractical, and in many ways, undesirable. However, the sample data, used by the machines to train themselves is originally rated by humans.
This session will try to debunk some of the myths surrounding automated assessment and give practical insights into the data used to develop automated scoring rules. The seminar will look particularly at the aspects of pronunciation which are used in developing these models.
Part 2 Total Recall - The Future of Assessment
If we begin to predict the future we often start by talking about the technology we might have available to us. The computer power, computer applications even embedded computer chips which can translate in real time giving us total recall of any language.
There is no doubt technology will change the way we live but will we be a servant to it or will it be a servant to us. This session will look at possible advances in language assessment which could become reality in the next 10 years. It will take a pragmatic approach exploring what realistically we can expect language assessment to look like in 2030.
Rob Dean - Everyone’s Different: Coping with Learner Differences
Welke mbo-docent wil niet inspelen op de verschillende niveaus tussen studenten in één klas? En toch blijft het belangrijk om elke student op de juiste manier op het examen voor te bereiden. Rob Dean - een ervaren teacher-trainer- zal uitleggen hoe u het beste kunt differentiëren, zelfs als u met een methode werkt.
Volgens Rob "It’s a given fact that a class of learners will always contain a mixture of interests, motivations and learning styles. This, along with having different levels in the same class can create challenges for the teacher and students alike.This highly interactive session will begin by looking at the nature of certain learner differences and what implications these create for fostering a successful learning experience.We will then move on look at practical ways of responding to these differences to create an inclusive learning environment from which everyone can benefit."