Language Assessment Literacy for Pre-service Teachers: Course Expectations from Different Stakeholders

  • Frank Giraldo Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia
  • Daniel Murcia Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia
Keywords: Language assessment literacy, language testing, language policies, bilingual education

Abstract

In the field of applied linguistics, for the past fifteen years, there have been discussions about language assessment literacy (LAL) —the knowledge, skills, and principles related to assessing language ability— (Davies, 2008; Fulcher, 2012). However, the field lacks research on the professional development of language teachers, particularly pre-service language teachers, through training in language assessment. Our paper focuses on the preliminary findings of an action research study whose goal is to identify the impact of a language assessment course for pre-service teachers in a language teaching program in a state university in Colombia. Data collection for the diagnostic stage of the action research cycle used a multiple-choice questionnaire for student needs and wants, an open questionnaire for professors, an interview with an expert, and researchers’ journals. Preliminary findings indicate that there is a need to combine theory and practice of language assessment, with an emphasis on current methodologies for language teaching, assessment in bilingual education, and local policies for assessment. The paper highlights recommendations and challenges when designing a language assessment course based on insights from existing literature and includes implications for professional development.

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Author Biographies

Frank Giraldo, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

holds a B.Ed. in English Language Teaching from Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP), Colombia; an MA in English Didactics from Universidad de Caldas, Colombia; and an MA in Teaching English as a Second Language, from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the United States. He works as an academic consultant for the Instituto de Lenguas Extranjeras (ILEX) at UTP and as a professor at the Licenciatura en Bilingüismo con Énfasis en Inglés (UTP).

Daniel Murcia, Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira, Colombia

holds a B.Ed. in English Language Teaching and an MA in linguistics from Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira (UTP), Colombia. Daniel belongs to the academic staff at the Licenciatura en Bilingüismo con Énfasis en Inglés in UTP, Risaralda. He works as a professor and coordinates the intercultural area of the program. 

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Published
2018-07-04
How to Cite
Giraldo, F., & Murcia, D. (2018). Language Assessment Literacy for Pre-service Teachers: Course Expectations from Different Stakeholders. GiST Education and Learning Research Journal, (16), 56-77. https://doi.org/https://doi.org/10.26817/16925777.425