NEWSLETTER No 1
Dear Teachers, Lecturers, Instructors, Educationalists and Examiners,
Do you sometimes witness, in your daily teaching practice, a student/learner who casts a glance at the grade for his/her assignment that you have just marked and, then, he/she chucks it into his/her backpack having neither analysed the mistakes nor read your comments? Do you sometimes wonder when and how to correct your students’ mistakes in their speaking activities? Do you sometimes get the impression that your comments and instructions fall on deaf ears? Do you have the feeling that the students or learners keep making the same mistakes and ‘they just couldn’t care less’ and you’re wasting your breath trying to talk to them?
Are you prepared to rethink your methods of assessing the students, which may lead to you seeing that the glass is half full rather than half empty? If you are, then…
We would like to introduce to you the project ‘FAB – Formative Assessment Benchmarking for Foreign Language Learning &Teaching’, which commenced in October 2015 at the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching, University of Warsaw, as part of Erasmus+, Action 2.
The aim of our Project is to promote FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT in the field of foreign language teaching for academic purposes (although we hope that all foreign language teachers and instructors may get interested in the project). We will especially focus on speaking and the methods of assessing this skill in terms of communicating in a foreign language.
You can find information about the higher education institutions that are taking part in the FAB project here.
To find out more about what FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT is click here.
Being both teachers from the Centre for Foreign Language Teaching and FAB Project coordinators, we would like to regularly provide you with information about our activities and plans, and to share the outcomes of our work connected with FAB with you. We would like our newsletter, website and Facebook profile to contain reliable information about what people write about and discuss in reference to FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT in Poland and throughout the world. This is why we would like to invite you to share information about any events that are going to take place or publications about to be published concerning FORMATIVE ASSESSMENT.
We often ask ourselves this question: how can we assess students in a good way? And what does GOOD mean – fair, effective, motivating? At the same time, our students/learners frequently ask themselves: why does he/she assess me? In order to explore these issues, we would like to invite you to look at the introductory questionnaire for students and teachers (available in English, Finnish, Hungarian, Lithuanian and Polish.)
Drawing on the questionnaire, you will be able to analyse your students’ needs and to reflect on the way you assess them, the significance of feedback, the methodology of class/group work and how to create a motivating environment in the classroom and other teaching-learning environments. Please feel free to download and make use of these documents.
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We hope FAB provides inspiration for your teaching.
Best wishes from
The FAB Team – University of Warsaw