Formative Assessment and the Learning and Teaching of MFL: Sharing the Language Learning Road Map with the Learners

TitleFormative Assessment and the Learning and Teaching of MFL: Sharing the Language Learning Road Map with the Learners
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2006
AuthorsBlack, P, Jones, J
JournalLanguage Learning JournalLanguage Learning Journal
Volume34
Issue1
Pagination4 - 9
Date Published2006///
ISBN NumberISSN-0957-1736
KeywordsEducational Change, Feedback (Response), Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Modern Languages, National Curriculum, Peer Evaluation, Second Language Instruction, second language learning, Self Evaluation (Individuals)
AbstractWhilst formative assessment is now well established as a valuable practice in improving the involvement and attainment of pupils, its specific implementation in particular school subjects has received little attention. This paper sets out to discuss the development of formative assessment practices in the learning of languages. A general introduction to the recent development of formative assessment is followed by a brief summary of the current context of foreign language teaching. The main elements of formative practice are then discussed in detail, with examples of the application, in language teaching, of feedback in dialogue and on written work, and of the development of peer- and self-assessment. A closing section gives brief guidance on ways to support teachers in making the changes that are needed, emphasising that the development and dissemination of these practices is a challenging task.
URLhttp://cilt.ittmfl.org.uk/modules/teaching/1e/paper1e5.pdf
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