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Oxford English Assessment Professional Development

Get practical support and guidance for delivering effective English language assessment online through a series of webinars delivered by leading OUP ELT Assessment experts. Through a range of topics from how to prepare your students for a proficiency exam to how to assess in a post-pandemic world they will be offering their expertise to ensure you can provide effective feedback to your students on their learning journey, and keep them engaged and motivated in these unprecedented times. 
You will also have the opportunity to connect with colleagues around the world and share thoughts and ideas. Join any of the sessions and you will receive a certificate of attendance.

12th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 13th May 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Assessing in a Post-Pandemic World by Sarah Rogerson 
Global school closures mean that even teachers who have always avoided online are being forced to deliver lessons and/or content to their students digitally. There’s a spectrum here from the school which provides a few worksheets to parents, to the schools who carry out all lessons via Zoom. In the absence of face-face contact, good assessment is more important than ever in providing feedback to students on their learning journey and keeping students engaged and motivated. Delivering this type of assessment online might be a challenge for some teachers and, in my session, I’ll talk about some different scenarios where good assessment can be implemented, and I’ll provide you with a toolkit for carrying out assessment online. 

19th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time)

Assessment Literacy for Teachers by Colin Finnerty and Ed Hackett 
Research shows that the typical teacher can spend up to a third of their professional life involved in assessment-related activities (Stiggins and Conklin 1992), but few have had the opportunity to learn the principles of language assessment. If you’re a little rusty, or new to key language assessment concepts such as such as validity, reliability, impact, and practicality, then this is the session for you. 

21st May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time) 

Writing tests for teenagers by Robin Lee 
Explore the challenges of writing good test items with a particular focus on testing teens. We will take a high-level look at the principles of testing teenagers before delving deeper into the dos and don’ts of item writing, using examples from the upcoming Oxford Test of English for Schools to illustrate the journey.

28th May 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time) 

How to choose a language test by Colin Finnerty
With so many English proficiency tests available, how do you go about advising your students on the right one to choose? In this session we'll provide you with a toolkit covering the key considerations to put you in good stead when advising on language test choice for your students. 

2nd June 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST & 14:00 - 15:00 BST (British Summer Time) 

Get your students ready for their proficiency test Colin Finnerty, Tom Mathews, and Oliver Bigland
Preparing our students for their proficiency test can be quite a challenge, particularly at a distance. In this session we’ll be looking at a number of activities you can do with your students to help get them ready for their proficiency test. We will be using examples from the Oxford Test of English, but activities will be useful for preparing students for any English proficiency test. 
Each session will run twice at different times of day to suit teachers in different time zones.

Date and Times

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12th May - 2nd June 2020, 07:00 - 08:00 BST 

  • UTC 06:00 - 07:00
  • UK (UTC+1) 07:00 - 08:00
  • UAE (GST) 10:00 - 11:00
  • Japan (JST) 15:00 - 16:00
  • Brazil (BRST) 03:00 - 04:00
  • New York (EST) 02:00 - 03:00

12th May - 2nd June 2020, 14:00 - 15:00 BST 

  • UTC 13:00 - 14:00
  • UK (UTC+1) 14:00 - 15:00
  • UAE (GST) 17:00 - 18:00
  • Japan (JST) 23:00 - 00:00 (+1 day)
  • Brazil (BRST) 10:00 - 11:00
  • New York (EST) 09:00 - 10:00

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