These half-day professional development workshops (Friday, October 20, 1:00 p.m. to 4 p.m.) are designed to provide opportunities to discuss and examine relevant topics and important issues in greater depth. Regular conference sessions will follow on Saturday, October 21 2017.
Essentials of Language Classroom Assessment
Abstract: In this session, you will learn the principles of developing effective classroom assessment, and the role of assessment in the teaching and learning cycle. Through the workshop activities, you will experience creating different assessment tools, aligning them with the learning outcomes, and building them into daily classroom activities.
Biography: Nasrin Nazemi is an assessment coordinator at the University of Washington. She is interested in all aspects of assessment, from designing test specifications, developing classroom assessment and aligning them with learning outcomes to promoting assessment literacy.
Action Research: Finding Solutions to Classroom-Based Puzzles
Abstract: Are you interested in finding solutions to puzzles and problems originating in your own classroom? In this intensive workshop, you will get hands-on experience with the stages of designing small-scale action research to investigate and find solutions to your classrooms puzzles. You will also learn about potential avenues to disseminate your own research findings with a larger audience.
Biography: Dr. Caroline Payant is an assistant professor at the Université du Québec à Montréal. Her areas of interests include cognitive and sociocultural aspects of language acquisition as well as L2 teacher education.