Measuring progress in young learners

Watch a recording of this talk by Neha Jal Bulsara looking at measuring progress in young learners.

About this session

This session is about using practical ideas to record observations for measuring progress in young learners. It will focus the principles of Teaching Excellence - “Make use of Assessment and Feedback” in the classroom to inform learning and teaching. 

At the start of the session, I will share why we use continuous formative assessment. I will highlight that such assessment plays a “developmental role” and is also used to assess learning (MacKay, 2011). Then, I will point out that we assess young learners to monitor and aid children’s progress and provide them with evidence of learning. Next, I will mention that we assess learners’ skills development and attitude towards learning. We also assess their behavioural and social skills, and 21st Century skill. All this is assessed through structured tasks/activities and through continuous observations.

At the end of the session, I will share practical ideas for recording continuous observation by using a template, which can later be used to write detailed reports for each learner.

Watch the recording below.

About the speaker

Neha Bulsara has seven years of teaching experience with British Council. Teaching children is close to her heart and she has a certificate from Trinity College London (TYLEC) and specialises in teaching young learners. She has done her CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) from the University of Cambridge. Currently, she works as a Line Manager and supports a team of teachers. 

Developing content for summer school for the last six years has increased her knowledge of material development for specific purposes and to cater to a particular audience cohort.


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