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Assessing Learning

One of the most challenging tasks for language instructors is finding effective ways to determine what and how much their students are actually learning. Instructors need to think carefully about what kinds of knowledge their tests allow students to demonstrate.

This section provides guidance on ways of using traditional tests and alternative forms of assessment. Popup windows on the Alternative Assessment page illustrate the use of checklists and rubrics for evaluation. The page on the ACTFL Guidelines includes popup windows on specific languages.


Section Contents

Traditional tests
Alternative assessment
The ACTFL Guidelines
Peer and self assessment

Material in this section is drawn from the module “Alternative assessment in the language classroom” by Diane Tedick and Carol Klee, in Modules for the professional preparation of teaching assistants in foreign languages (Grace Stovall Burkart, ed.; Washington, DC: Center for Applied Linguistics, 1998)






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