Assessment with the ESL Student in Mind

This is an overview of the six modules of the Coursera MOOC, Assessment with the ELL* in Mind course December 2015 - with links to full module summaries. Further below are links to pages on the ESL website where you can find more detailed information and advice on the issues covered in the course.

Note: ELL means English Language Learner. The FIS equivalent is ESL student.

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This module focused on the purpose of assessment in general and the challenges of assessing ESL students in particular. It also differentiated learning from language objectives, and provided an overview of the key concepts in authentic assessment.
This module was a detailed discussion, with examples, of the two main assessment types (formative and summative) and how they relate to each other.
The third week looked at various types of alternative assessment and then explained ways in which assessments aimed at English-proficient students can be modified to be manageable by ESL students.
This module discussed peer and self-assessment, as well as the use of rubrics in the fair and reliable assessment of ESL student progress. The third main area of focus was on language error correction strategies.
This module focused on the benefits of project-based learning for all students, and on appropriate assessments for this curricular model. There was also a brief discussion of scaffolding assessments to ensure their manageability for ESL students.
This module gave course participants the opportunity to review previous units and take a final assessment.

More resources on the ESL website

The starting point for all ESL information for students, parents and teachers at FIS.
A page with over 40 questions and answers about teaching and assessing the ESL students in your classes
An overview of the many facets of assessment, together with suggestions on how to create fair assessments for ESL students
Advice on the grading of ESL students at the various levels
Detailed advice on identifying and simplifying difficult language, together with information on further aspects of assessments that can make them difficult for ESL students.