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TALE Project Offers Open Access to Language Assessment Courses

Sunday, November 4, 2018   (0 Comments)
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Shared on behalf of the TALE Project:

Dear Colleagues

We are very happy to share with you our TALE materials, that is our online TALE course and Handbook of Assessment for Language Teachers, all freely accessible from http://taleproject.eu

Who are 'we'?
We are a network of researchers, teacher trainers and university professors from six European countries: e.g. Cyprus, Greece, Hungary, Germany, Norway and the UK

What is 'TALE'?
The Teachers' Assessment Literacy Enhancement (TALE) project, funded by Erasmus+ Programme, (KA2 Strategic Partnership, Project number: 2015-1-CY01-KA201-011863), provides a Language Assessment Literacy (LAL) training resource built on an empirical identification of the LAL training needs of pre- and in-service language teachers and trainers across many European countries. The TALE project offers innovative LAL training materials and services (e.g. forum) that language practitioners can access either through an online course (http://taleproject.eu/ ), or through the TALE Handbook of Assessment for Language Teachers.

Who are the TALE materials for?
The TALE online course and Handbook materials are based on distance learning methodology that allows teachers to fit their learning around their work and home lives and to set their own pace of study. The materials are specifically designed with the teacher as a reflective practitioner in mind. This means that when using the TALE materials, teachers are expected to adapt them to their contexts and then reflect on the outcomes of their assessment processes.

Teacher trainers and university tutors will also find the TALE materials useful and practical. TALE materials can be used as part of their teacher training and development programmes to raise teachers' awareness and improve teachers' practices of language assessment.

The TALE course materials?
The TALE course materials (online course and Handbook) are designed to be flexible and adaptable. The complete TALE materials consists of 8 modules which could be covered in a semester/term if used as part of university programmes, e.g. in 8-10 or even 15 weeks in countries/institutions where a term lasts for 10 or 15 weeks respectively. Alternatively, the TALE course materials can be used as part of individual self-study taken at one's own pace and time either online or via the Handbook or in blended mode.

The materials includes the following chapters/modules:
1. The ABCs of assessment
2. Assessing reading skills
3. Assessing writing skills
4. Assessing listening skills
5. Assessing speaking skills
6. Providing feedback
7. Alternatives in assessment
8. Test impact

The order of use of the modules is up to the users, but we recommend the above order as modules follow a logical order built on each other. All the modules have optional tasks which allow the adaptation of the course to form a longer programme of study. The TALE Handbook, in specific, offers suggestions to those teachers who also need to assess students with Special Learning Difficulties (SpLDs). Finally, users can refer to the Glossary for the definition of some basic terms.

We hope that you enjoy the TALE materials and find them useful for your assessment purposes! We would be happy to hear back from you and learn from your feedback and any comments you might like to share with us (please email Dina Tsagari - see below - off the list)

The following were involved and supported the development of the original ©TALE materials:

Dina Tsagari Department of Primary and Secondary Education, Oslo Metropolitan University, Norway Karin Vogt & Veronika Froehlich University of Education Heidelberg, Germany Nicos Sifakis & Stefania Kordia School of Humanities, Hellenic Open University, Greece Ildikó Csépes & Adrienn Fekete Institute of English and American Studies, University of Debrecen, Hungary Anthony Green & Liz Hamp-Lyons Centre for Research in English Language Learning and Assessment (CRELLA), University of Bedfordshire, UK Iasonas Lamprianou Department of Social and Political Sciences, University of Cyprus, Cyprus (Special thanks to all the teachers and teacher trainers who piloted the TALE materials!)

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