FAB WORKSHOPS IN HUNGARY
- 7 March 2016 | The Theory of Formative Assessment | Trainer: Dr Gábor Szabó
- 27 April 2016 | The Practice of Formative Assessment | Trainer: Dr Réka Lugossy
Report on the Training Sessions
On 7th March the first training session focusing on the theoretical aspects of formative assessment was held by Dr Gábor Szabó. The training took place in the building of the International Studies Centre in Pécs. The lecturer is an associate professor working for the Department of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Pécs. He is also a well-known expert in the field of language assessment. The training included of four major themes: 1) types of assessment, 2) features of diagnostic assessment, 3) feature of formative assessment, 4) possible application of formative assessment. Mr Szabó thought it was essential to make the participating teacher understand the basic distinction between the nature of diagnostic and formative assessment. When highlighting the possible uses of formative assessment tools he concentrated on how these may be used in the classroom describing the theory behind their possible use.
On 27th April the second training session which focused on the practical aspects of formative assessment was held by Dr Réka Lugossy. She also works, as an associate professor, for the Department of English Applied Linguistics at the University of Pécs. The venue of the training was the same as lat time. This time, however, twelve teachers took part in the training.
Mrs Lugossy concentrated on the practical aspects of formative assessment, that is, how such tools can be utilized by the teachers in their everyday practice. Using concrete examples she illustrated how the “assessment for learning” may/should be used by teachers. She also talked about why the use of such practices may be beneficial for the language development of students. IN detail she spoke about the following topics: the use of questions, the importance of questions in education, time granted to students to respond, the use and importance of feedback, the nature of feedback, the various ways of praising students, the different methods of error correction, the use of peer assessment and the role of the teacher in a cooperative learning environment.
Pécs, 05 May 2016