In this section, you will find a number of articles, which have been written to help you develop your skills and knowledge as a teacher in the professional practice 'Assessing learning'. From primary-aged students to adult learners of English, the articles you will find here are practical, insightful and full of ideas to support your teaching and planning for all kinds of classrooms.

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Although Assessment for learning, or AfL, is nothing new to mainstream education in the UK, in the world of ELT it remains a less...

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One of the main dilemmas for teachers giving conversation groups is error correction. It’s always tricky to know when and if to correct...

Evaluating speaking - Part 2 - speaking article
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This article is in three parts. The first part has already looked at what a speaker needs to be able to do to use spoken English as an...

Evaluating speaking - the IELTS speaking test - speaking article
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This is the third in a series of articles looking at evaluating speaking, focusing on the IELTS speaking test. 

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In my experience of teaching juniors (6-11) and seniors (11-16) I have found that there is a notable difference in their attitudes to...

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Learners are much better at giving each other accurate and sensitive feedback than we suspect, and this activity gives them the...

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Assistants are not usually expected to carry out formal assessment of their learners with tests or marking. However, students need...

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Progress tests, end-of-term exams, end-of-year exams and official exams to name a few. Most educational systems around the globe require...

Test question types - methodology article
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In my previous article Test writing I looked at some of the difficulties of writing good tests and how to make tests more reliable and...

Test writing - methodology article
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If you think taking tests is difficult then you should try writing them! Writing a good test is indeed quite a challenge and one that...

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This article will ask why we test learners of English. 

Testing and assessment - methodology article
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I will always remember the horror of receiving my chemistry result when I was thirteen years old. I knew it wasn't going to be high, but...

Young learner testing - methodology article
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Tests for people of any age can seem a threat or, at the very least, an obstacle that needs to be overcome. Testing children is even...