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Week 9: Getting ready for next term

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Last updated by Breda Matthews

Hi everyone,

     A quiet week on ESOL Online. I imagine everyone is preparing for the end of term and perhaps completing assessments. So my question this week centres around making use of that work.


The end of the first term is a good time to consider the points made of TKI’s, Principles for Assessment for Learning.


Good assessment should focus less on “do they have the right or wrong answer?” and more on making students’ thinking visible to both teacher and student. …


How students will receive feedback, how they will take part in assessing their learning and how they will be helped to make further progress should also be planned.


Learning goals, teaching strategies and assessment criteria should be carefully matched. Students should know in advance what they will learn, as well as how and why they are to be assessed. Teachers’ programme planning should be flexible so that they can make changes in response to new information, opportunities or insights.Their planning needs to include strategies to check students understand the goals they are pursuing and the criteria that will be applied in assessing their work.


So my questions are:


  • How are you using the data from formative work and assessments completed this term the revise your programme for next term?


  • How are you communicating to students what they can already do and what they need to master to achieve their next learning goal?


  • How are students being enabled to examine their own data and set learning goals?



July 13th, TESOLANZ will be hosting a symposium at WINTEC in Hamilton. "Building the Knowledge Base" seeks to connect research and practice in assessment and EAP across all sectors of ESOL.


Coming up in May

New Zealand Sign Language Week 6–12 May 2019


Bullying Free NZ Week 13–17 May 2019

Sāmoa Language Week 26 May–1 June 2019


On other communities

Secondary Literacy Online also discussed goal setting and linked to some related blogs.


Primary ESOL Online shared further links to support students and families in the aftermath of the events in Christchurch which will affect many around the country.


English Online had a very interesting discussion of voice typing tools.  There was a wide range of views on this topic both positive and negative but one that caught my eye is below


It depends on the learning intention. If the learning intention is for students to express themselves or to show their understanding, then speaking to write is just as valid as writing with a pen or typing. It is simply the means of getting your word onto the page. (Tessa Gray)


That said David Schaumann’s weekly update provided the following clarification:


'Using ‘speak to text’ software for any of the English writing standards would not be permitted, unless the student has special assessment conditions that allowed this. The intent of these standards is that students are assessed for their writing which is recognised as either pen to paper or fingers to keyboard.'


Have a great week.


Kind regards



Breda Matthews

Facilitator: Secondary ESOL community 


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