This TALE- Handbook of Assessment for Language Teachers is addressed both to language teachers who wish to develop their assessment skills and teacher educators and trainers who focus on language assessment.
There is evidence that language testing and assessment can have a strong impact on the quality of the learning outcomes (Green, 2013; Tsagari & Cheng, 2016).
Therefore, it is important to enhance teachers’ level of Language Assessment Literacy (LAL) (Inbar-Lourie, 2008), that is, their “ability to design, develop and critically evaluate tests and other assessment procedures, as well as the ability to monitor, evaluate, grade and score assessments on the basis of theoretical knowledge” (Vogt & Tsagari, 2014, p. 377).
However,research (Vogt and Tsagari, 2014; Tsagari and Vogt, 2017) has shown that English language teachers often lack sufficient understanding of the nature of LAL. They are not familiar with the relevant assessment techniques and methods to further the language learningexperiences of their students.
ONLINE SELF STUDY AND HANDBOOK
We therefore developed an online, self-study (Moodle-based), training course (http://taleproject.eu) that can be used by pre- and in-service teachers of English (and other foreign) languages as well as teacher trainers to raise their awareness and levels of LAL.
The training materials included in this Handbook are based on the online training course and consist of eight chapters plus a glossary, all of which cover a variety of theoretical and practical issues. Each chapter comprises several tasks which acquaint teachers and trainers with a wide repertoire of useful assessment methods, techniques and tools so that they can enhance their language assessment literacy.
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Tsagari, D., Vogt, K., Froelich, V., Csépes, I., Fekete, A., Green A., Hamp-Lyons, L., Sifakis, N. and Kordia, S. (2018). Handbook of Assessment for Language Teachers. Retrieved from: http://taleproject.eu/. ISBN 978-9925-7399-1-2 (digital).
Training materials developed in the course of the project TALE – Teachers’ Assessment Literacy Enhancement (TALE), financed by the European Commission within Erasmus+, Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Strategic Partnerships for school education, KA2, European Lifelong Learning Programmes. Project number: 2015-1-CY01-KA201-011863.